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Contact:
Teresa Thomas
412-268-2900

For immediate release:
April 22, 2005

Carnegie Mellon University Sophomore Jennifer Anttonen of Argyle, Texas, Wins Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University sophomore Jennifer Anttonen was recently awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Anttonen, who received the $15,000 scholarship, was one of 320 college sophomores and juniors selected for the honor.

Daughter of Eric and Tammy Anttonen of Argyle, Texas, and a graduate of Foothills Academy in Scottsdale, Ariz., Anttonen is majoring in physics and creative writing. After completing her bachelor's degree at Carnegie Mellon, she plans to pursue an advanced degree and ultimately teach physics at a research university.

Anttonen, who was selected as a Carnegie Mellon nominee, represented the university in regional and national competitions. She is president of the Society of Physics Students and serves on several student advisory councils. She conducts research with Gregg Franklin, associate dean of Mellon College of Science and professor of physics, and the Experimental Medium Energy Group.

"Jennifer is an excellent researcher," Franklin said. "I first saw this on her approach to formal research projects; after an initial discussion she will go off on her own to gather material and develop a sound foundation for her work. ... Jennifer's willingness to put such effort into her work, combined with her natural abilities, will allow her to be successful in whatever career path she chooses."

Anttonen completed an internship last summer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md., in atomic spectroscopy. This summer she plans to work with neutrino oscillations at California Institute of Technology.

The scholarship program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. In its 17-year history, the foundation has awarded 4,562 scholarships worth approximately $45 million.

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