Kori Sye ’16 and Jack Ryan ’16 have been recognized by the Goldwater Scholarship program as 2015 Honorable Mention recipients. The Goldwater Scholarship is the highest national award for undergraduate science and mathematics students and aims to encourage research careers in mathematics, science and engineering.
Sye, a chemistry major and mathematics minor, has gained experience in biochemistry research during two summers at North Central. “That experience created my desire to pursue a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and work at a national laboratory,” Sye says. This summer she will conduct research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a College Scholar and has cofounded an organization called WAVES at North Central to encourage students and other young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. In addition, Sye learned that she won the Gladys Anderson Emerson Scholarship from the Iota Sigma Pi National Honors Society for Women in Chemistry. There are two undergraduate recipients nationwide.
“I’ve had a wonderful experience at North Central and I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I have been able to take advantage of,” she says. “As a chemistry major I have become connected with many professors and students.”
Ryan is majoring in mathematics and minoring in computer science. He also has pursued research opportunities in musical theatre. During summer 2014, he traveled to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for a research project funded by the National Science Foundation. On campus he’s a tutor, an ambassador in the Office of Admission and a College Scholar who studied abroad at the University of Glasgow.
“I hope to go to graduate school to obtain my Ph.D. in mathematics and become a college professor, preferably at a small liberal arts school like North Central,” he says. “I really love the relationships that we are able to have with faculty members here at North Central.”