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Gabrielle Price, C'2019, Named Goldwater Scholar

April 2018

gpriceGabrielle Price, C'2019, has been named a 2018 Goldwater Scholar. The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields.

Price is completing her four-year degree in biology with a concentration in health careers at Spelman one year early and will travel to England in August to begin work on a master's degree in physical and biological sciences at Oxford University. In fall 2019, she will attend medical school at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

"I hope to obtain an M.D./Ph.D. with a focus in neuroscience. My ultimate goal is to conduct research on the brain and brain tumor development as a physician-scientist and teach in an academic setting," said Price.

An Ethel Wadell Githii Honors Program student, Price has taken exceptional leaps in biological and biomedical research while at Spelman. During the first semester of her sophomore year, she worked as an undergraduate student researcher at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute focusing on cell cycle control in cerebellar development and medulloblastoma, a pediatric brain tumor that arises in the cerebellum. She was also accepted into the Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program (HIP) in the summer of 2017.

There is no doubt that it takes a village to nurture a successful student like Price. Her mentors are Anna Kenney, Khalid Shah, Rosalind Segal, Yonas Tekle, Deborah Rohner, Abhi Dey, Sung Hugh Choi, Xuesong Zhou and Dean DeKimberlyn Neely.

About the Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate. By providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, the Goldwater Foundation is helping ensure that the U.S. is producing the number of highly-qualified professionals the nation needs in these critical fields. 

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. 

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