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UAlbany's Edgardo Sosa Wins Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

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Edgardo Sosa

Edgardo Sosa

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 18, 2005) -- UAlbany junior Edgardo Sosa has won a competitive Goldwater Scholarship, effective for the 2005-2006 academic year. Sosa, who carries a double major in biochemistry-molecular biology and anthropology, plans enter medical school to research disease mechanisms and also study for a doctorate in evolutionary biology.

The Goldwater award, which provides $7,500 per year for undergraduate study, was established by Congress in 1986 as a way of encouraging exceptional students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Scholarships are awarded on academic merit.

Sosa has worked in UAlbany biologist Caro-Beth Stewart's lab since last fall on a project aimed at understanding the molecular basis for adaptive evolution in complex organisms, using primates as the comparative system. Their research focuses on trying to understand why some primate species are resistant to SIV/HIV and AIDS, while others are susceptible.

Sosa's was one of 320 scholarships awarded to sophomores and juniors from a highly competitive field of 1,091 students studying mathematics, science, and engineering from across the U.S. and its territories.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program is a federally endowed agency honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater, and is the premier undergraduate award of its type. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 58 Rhodes Scholarships, 72 Marshall Awards (six of the 40 awarded in the United States in 2005), and numerous other distinguished fellowships. Over its 17-year history, the Foundation has awarded more than 4,500 scholarships worth approximately $45 million dollars. The Foundation plans to award some 300 scholarships for the 2006-2007 academic year.


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