Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WELFund Announces Dorothy Goodwin Summer Scholars for 2011

The Women's Education and Leadership Fund (WELFund) is proud to announce the selection of the Dorothy Goodwin Summer Scholars for 2011. Each student will work one-on-one with a University of Hartford faculty member on an original scholarly or creative summer research project.

– Jenna Daly will work with Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Ivana Milanovic (CETA) in the study of computational fluid dynamics. Daly is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering with an acoustics concentration.

– Courtney Mason will partner with Associate Professor of Illustration Dennis Nolan (Hartford Art School) to study computer animation with an end goal of producing a three-dimensional short animated film. Mason is a junior studying illustration with a dual minor in sculpture and art history.

– Sarah Pan will work with Jacob Harney, associate professor of biology, chair of the department and director of the neuroscience program (A&S), to study the effects of a high-DHA and high antioxidant diet in rodents on oxidative stress, neural growth, and cognitive function. Pan is a sophomore with a double major in biology and piano performance.

– Kim Rivera will partner with Professor of Chemistry Laura Pence (A&S). She will study green chemistry to address waste and associated chemical hazards that are byproducts of research. Rivera is a junior studying chemistry/biology.

The late Dorothy Goodwin, a popular state legislator who was known for her deep commitment to education, was a life regent of the University of Hartford, a longtime trustee of Hartford College for Women, and a life member of the Mortensen Library Board of Visitors. Goodwin inspired women to live beyond expectations and to realize their full potential. In her honor, WELFund created the Dorothy Goodwin Summer Scholars Program in 2010. This highly competitive program provides an unparalleled experience each summer to a select group of female students.

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