CLEMSON — A third Clemson University student has been awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering.

Just one month after it was thought that just two Clemson students — John Farmer, a junior physics major from Chesterfield, and Mary Katherine Showers, a junior bioengineering major from Nashville, Tennessee — were awarded scholarships, officials representing the Goldwater Scholarship told of an error in the awards made for North Carolina residents.

Brittany Avin

Brittany Avin

Thus, Brittany Avin, a junior genetics and biochemistry major from Greenville, North Carolina, who initially received an honorable mention, has been awarded the prestigious scholarship.

That brings the total amount of Goldwater Scholarships that Clemson students have won in the past five years to 13.

Avin has worked on two research projects at Clemson, both of which focus on the infection process of pathogens. In summer 2013, she researched neurodegenerative diseases at Emory University, and this summer she plans to study cancer cell lines and variability between normal and cancerous cell cycles at Vanderbilt University as part of the National Cancer Institute’s Integrative Cancer Biology Program Summer Cancer Research Program. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in cancer biology.

Each year, colleges and universities across the nation nominate four juniors or sophomores to receive scholarships. In addition to Clemson’s 13 who have won scholarships, four others have received honorable mentions. This year, 283 scholarships were awarded from 1,166 nominations.

Goldwater Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, room and board, fees and books up to a maximum of $7,500 per academic year. The federally endowed scholarship program aims to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

— With Ashley Hedrick, Class of 2016

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