Student Receives More Than $25,000 in Science Scholarships

April 24, 1997

Tashica Williams, a junior chemistry major at Baylor University, has been awarded the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award and the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

The UNCF scholarship entitles Williams to $5,000 for summer research in 1997 and $5,000 for summer research in 1998 and up to $25,000 for tuition for the 1997-98 school year. The scholarship comes from the UNCF Merck Science Initiative.

The Goldwater Scholarship will award Williams $7,000 for the 1997-98 school year. It recognizes juniors and seniors that show outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering.

Williams accomplishments include earning two National Science Foundation (NSF) Summer Research Fellowships, recognition as an American Chemical Society Minority Scholar, earning second place in the research poster division during a NSF conference and selection to present a paper for an Electro Chemical Society conference. She received recognition in Who's Who Among America's College Students, was chosen as Outstanding Freshman Chemistry Major at Baylor and has made the deans list each semester at Baylor.

Williams can compete academically with any student in the department, said Dr. Marianna Busch, professor and chair of chemistry.

"Tashica Williams is an extremely bright, hard-working, personable young woman who is really excited about chemistry," Busch said. "She is unquestionably one of the best majors we have ever had in this department. She is a great credit to Baylor, and we are proud to have her as a student."

For more information, contact Busch at 755-3311.

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