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Francesco Risalvato, John Clegg and Drew DeLorenzo
From left, USC students Francesco Risalvato, John Clegg and Drew DeLorenzo

USC students named Goldwater Scholars

By Megan Sexton, msexton@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-1421

Two University of South Carolina students have been named Goldwater Scholars and two were recognized as honorable mentions for the prestigious national award.

Drew DeLorenzo and Mackenzie Sunday have been named 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, while John Clegg and Francesco Risalvato have been named honorable mentions. Nationally, 271 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,107 mathematics, science and engineering students, nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

This is the 21st consecutive year USC students have been named Goldwater Scholars, with a total of 43 Goldwater Scholarships won by Carolina students since 1990. Each university may nominate up to four students for this award. The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to sophomores and juniors pursuing bachelor’s degrees in natural sciences, mathematics or engineering and who intend to pursue a career in research and/or college-level teaching. The one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board for up to $7,500 per year.

DeLorenzo is a junior majoring in marine science, biochemistry and molecular biology and a member of the South Carolina Honors College. He is the recipient of the Traci Heincelman Scholarship, the Marine Science Department Scholarship, the College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship and a Magellan Scholarship. He was recently named a 2013 Udall Scholarship Honorable Mention, invited to join Phi Beta Kappa, and is a recipient of the NOAA Hollings Scholarship, the USC Cooper Scholarship and was named the Outstanding Rising Senior for Marine Science. DeLorenzo is an active member of Jerry Hilbish’s biological science research laboratory on campus, served as the education outreach coordinator for SEAS, is the current editor-in-chief of MarSci, and is passionate about preserving endangered corals. He plans to earn a master’s in coral genetics and a doctorate in genetic engineering, to restore populations of endangered corals through conservation genetics. He is the son of Jamie and Gregory DeLorenzo of Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a graduate of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.

Mackenzie SundaySunday is a junior in the South Carolina Honors College, pursuing a Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae (BARSC) degree with a focus on neuroscience. She is the recipient of the R.C. McEntire and Co. Inc. Carolina Scholarship, as well as the Lieber and Palmetto scholarships, and an Explorer’s grant from the Honors College. She works in John Henderson’s psychology research lab on visual cognition, in part supported by an Explorer’s grant from the Honors College. She is active with Carolina Science Outreach, serves as an ambassador for the Honors College, has also taken advantage of study abroad opportunities in Greece and India and is currently in New Zealand. Sunday intends to pursue a doctorate in cognitive neuroscience. Sunday is the daughter of Ilona and Tom Sunday of Columbia, and is a graduate of A.C. Flora High School.

Clegg is a junior biomedical engineering major and is a member of the South Carolina Honors College. A recipient of both a Magellan Scholarship and an Honors College Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for his research, as well as the USC Cooper Scholarship and the Neva and Joe Gibbons Biomedical Scholarship, he is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa and is the faculty liaison for the Biomedical Engineering Society. He currently serves as vice president of Theta Tau, and with the aid of a Leadership Scholars Program Grant, he helped to originate and chair its annual “Pumpkin Chunkin’” event. He is also active with the College of Engineering and Computing Ambassadors, and works in Melissa Moss’ chemical engineering research lab. Clegg plans to pursue a doctorate in biomedical engineering and conduct research in targeted drug delivery. He is the son of Michelle and Robert Clegg of Downingtown, Pa., and is a graduate of Downingtown East High School.

Risalvato is a junior chemical engineering major and member of the South Carolina Honors College. An Eagle Scout, he is the recipient of the Cooper Scholarship and the Rothberg Scholarship, as well as the Magellan Scholar, Magellan Voyager, and Honors College SURF Grants to fund his research. He is active in the Tau Beta Pi Honors society, serves as an AIChE class representative, is the Theta Tau philanthropy chair, and serves as a College of Engineering and Computing ambassador. Risalvato works in Xiao-Dong Zhou’s chemical engineering research laboratory, and plans to earn a doctoral degree in chemical engineering for industrial research. Risalvato is the son of Deborah and Frank Risalvato Sr. of Waxhaw, N.C., and is a graduate of Weddington High School.

The university’s Goldwater Committee, chaired by Douglas Meade (mathematics) and including other faculty members Melissa Moss (chemical and biomedical engineering), Scott Goode (chemistry), Susan Alexander (South Carolina Honors College) and Gwen Geidel (earth and ocean sciences) worked closely with the nominees in preparing their applications. The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs further assisted the Goldwater applicants.

Posted: 04/09/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 04/10/13 @ 8:42 AM | Permalink

About the Goldwater Scholarship

  • 271 students selected nationally
  • Awarded to sophomores and juniors pursuing degrees in natural sciences, mathematics or engineering
  • One- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board for up to $7,500 per year
  • This is the 21st consecutive year USC students have been named Goldwater Scholars

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