Rae Corrigan, a junior in biomedical engineering from Norwalk, IA, has been named one of only three 2016 Goldwater Scholars at the University
Corrigan's career goal is to earn a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and conduct research in computational biochemistry with emphasis on molecular oncology and pharmacogenetics, and teach at the university level.
She serves as an undergraduate research assistant in the UI College of Nursing, where she works in the Gilbertson-White lab with Dr. Stephanie Gilbertson-White's stimulated cytokine project. The lab is investigating genetic markers in the form of pro-inflammatory cytokines to see if they provide any severtiy implications in the cancer patient symptom experience.
Corrigan also is an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Fellow/Undergraduate Researcher in the UI Department of Biochemistry, and is a summer orientation ambassador for the Honors at Iowa program, assisting the professional staff with orientation of incoming honors students, particularly those who have declared an engineering major.
In addition, she participates in Honors Peer Advising, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Newman Catholic Student Center, Dance Marathon, and the 10,000 Hours Show.
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.