Biological Sciences Undergraduate Awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
April 4, 2008
Samuel Kim, a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences, was one of 321 college sophomores and juniors nationwide to recently be awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship was created to encourage students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. As a recipient, Kim is eligible for up to $7,500 to assist in the payment of tuition, fees, books, and room and board.
At Carnegie Mellon, the son of Jaiheon and Jungsook Kim of Wyckoff, NJ is an Academic Development Peer Tutor, Director of Science Policy for The Triple Helix and a staff-writer for the sports section of the school newspaper, The Tartan. Kim additionally works within the laboratories of Dr. Peter Berget and Dr. Gordon Rule, where he studies antibody biosensors that can be used to fluorescently label proteins. These target proteins can then be monitored for protein expression levels and location. This year in particular, Kim was developing new ways to produce large quantities of the antibody fragment, MG1.5, in an E.Coli expression system. He is hoping to ultimately gather structural information on this antibody fragment by using NMR analysis.
This summer, Kim will participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Scholars program at Carnegie Mellon, in order to continue his antibody research. “I don’t want to lose momentum heading into the fall of next year,” he stated. After graduation, he plans to pursue an advanced degree and continue research in biochemistry and structural biology.
“I wouldn’t have won the Goldwater if it weren’t for the support of my friends, graduate students and professors,” Kim said. “I really appreciate all that they do for me.”