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Class of 2018: Josh Fleck is giving greater mobility to people with disabilities

May. 7, 2018—As a high school student, Josh Fleck knew he wanted to research and develop robotic prosthetic devices. At Vanderbilt, the mechanical engineering major has spent the past three years in Assistant Professor Karl Zelik’s Biomechanics and Assistive Technology Lab immersing himself in research.

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Three students named Goldwater Scholars for 2017

Apr. 6, 2017—Vanderbilt students Lauren Branscombe, Joshua Fleck and David Zhang have been recognized in this year’s Goldwater Scholars competition. They are among a group of 240 scholars selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,286 mathematics, science and engineering students nationwide.

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Class of 2016: Ariel Helms’ past inspires her path for the future

Apr. 20, 2016—For Ariel Helms, a genealogy search when she was young revealed a long-kept secret: Her ancestors were Cherokee Native Americans.

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Three students recognized by Goldwater Foundation

Apr. 5, 2016—Three Vanderbilt students have been recognized in this year’s Goldwater Scholars competition. Marie Armbruster and Jarrod Shilts have been selected as Goldwater Scholars, and Sirui Ma has been awarded an honorable mention.

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Ariel Helms: Searching for a diabetes discovery

Apr. 1, 2016—For Vanderbilt senior Ariel Helms from Oklahoma, twists and turns in her past, including a long-kept family secret, led to her passion for discovery in a Vanderbilt lab.

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Four students recognized by Goldwater Foundation

Apr. 3, 2015—Four Vanderbilt students have been recognized in this year’s Goldwater Scholars competition. Ariel Helms has been selected as a Goldwater Scholar, and Taylor Cannon, Eunice Jun and Pavan Myneni have received honorable mentions.

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Vanderbilt students named 2014 Goldwater winners

Mar. 25, 2014—Three Vanderbilt students have been recognized in this year’s Goldwater Scholars competition. The scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type for the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

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Computer science student named 2012 Goldwater Scholar

Apr. 24, 2012—Curtis Northcutt, a member of the Class of 2013, has been named a 2012 Goldwater Scholar. Each year, Vanderbilt is given the opportunity to nominate up to four outstanding sophomore and junior students in the math, science and engineering fields. Competition for the award is fierce: 282 scholars were selected on the basis of academic...

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Vanderbilt students named Truman, Goldwater and Udall scholars

Apr. 5, 2012—Several Vanderbilt students have received national recognition from the Truman, Goldwater and Udall scholarship foundations for their potential to become leaders and visionaries in the science, government and environmental fields, the Office of Honor Scholarships has announced. Emma Steigerwald, a member of the Class of 2013, has been named a 2012 Truman Scholar. She is...

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Two Vanderbilt University students selected as Goldwater Scholars for 2010-2011 academic year

Apr. 18, 2011—Two Vanderbilt University students have been selected as Goldwater Scholars. Each will receive a two-year scholarship worth $7,500 a year for educational expenses. Each year, Vanderbilt and other four-year universities are given the opportunity to nominate up to four outstanding sophomore and junior students in the math, science and engineering fields. Two-year schools may nominate...

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