Chemistry majors Austin Lai and Liz Enyenihi have been selected as 2019 Goldwater Scholars, the nations’ premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences, and engineering. The college juniors will each receive $7,500 per year until the completion of their undergraduate degree to go towards the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. This year, the competition received over 5,000 applications for only 496 scholarships.
A Woodruff Scholar, Enyenihi has modeled RNA exosome malfunction in a budding yeast model system to explore why the mutations in the genes that encode components of this complex cause such distinct, sometimes fatal, diseases working in the lab of Dr. Anita Corbett.
Lai, a biology and chemistry double major, is researching Fragile X Syndrome in the lab of Dr. Gary J. Bassell, professor and chair of the Department of Cell Biology in the School of Medicine.
Read more about these amazing scholars, and all four 2019 awardees from Emory, in the Emory Report. [Full Article]