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Zoology major receives Goldwater Honorable Mention

04/04/2011

Zoe Hesp, a junior double major in zoology and French at Miami University, has received a Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention. She is one of about 200 students to receive an honorable mention for the Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.

Hesp, from Dayton, has conducted undergraduate research for the past two years with faculty mentor Lori Isaacson, professor of zoology, studying the regeneration of peripheral nerve cells following injury. Hesp is “the best student – out of more than 100 – that I have supervised over the past 20 years,” Isaacson said. She has received two undergraduate research grant awards from Miami and a College of Arts and Science Dean’s Scholar award for her research efforts.

She has presented her research findings as a co-author of a poster presentation at the national meetings for the Society for Neuroscience last fall, and recently gave a presentation to members of the Ohio Miami Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.
She is secretary of Miami’s neuroscience honorary society Nu Rho Psi.

The Goldwater Foundation Scholarship Program encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. This year the program awarded 275 Goldwater Scholarships, worth up to a maximum of $7,500 per year, and 200 honorable mentions, out of nearly 1,100 students who were nominated by faculty at their institutions.

Hesp is one of five students at an Ohio public university to receive an honorable mention; three students at Ohio public universities were awarded the Goldwater Scholarship.

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