Goldwater Scholars 2014

Taylor Mallory Barrett, a junior Chemistry major from Middletown Pennsylvania, and Alexander John Triassi, a junior Biotechnology major from Henrietta New York, are this year’s newest RIT Goldwater Scholars. Both will receive $7500 for their senior years. 283 scholarships were awarded from a field of 1,166 nominees from mathematics, science, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier award to undergraduates in these fields. The Goldwater Scholarship, honoring the late Senator Barry Goldwater, was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, and virtually all scholarship winners intend to obtain a Ph.D. Goldwater Scholars comprise an elite group and a number of recent scholars have been awarded other prestigious awards including Churchill Scholarships, Marshall Awards, Rhodes Scholarships, and National Science Foundation
Graduate Fellowships. 

Taylor has been conducting research, creating peptide scaffolds for targeted multi-modal imaging agents in the laboratory of Dr Hans Schmitthenner, since her freshman year. She has presented her work at the Rochester Academy of Sciences and the World Molecular Imaging Congress. Taylor has won a number of other awards including: a RIT Merit Scholarship, School of Chemistry and Materials Science Outstanding Sophomore Award, two RIT Summer Fellowships, and a World Molecular Imaging Congress Travel Grant. She is also in the RIT four-year Honors Program and is a RIT Chemistry Research Scholar. Taylor has also been secretary for the House of General Science, a Peer Advisor for RIT’s YearOne Program, an Orientation Assistant and Operations Manager for New Student Orientation, and a Teaching Assistant for Quantitative Chemical Analysis and Chemical Separations. Taylor plans to obtain her Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry, and plans for a research career in biomedical imaging or drug targeting and teaching at the university level.


Triassi-AlexAlex has been conducting research in the laboratory of Dr Andre Hudson, since his sophomore year. His research entails the discovery of potential novel antibiotic targets in pathogenic bacteria and the discovery of new bacterial species. Alex is an author on two scientific peer-reviewed journal articles and will present his research at the American Society for Microbiology National Meeting this spring. Alex has won a number of other awards including the John Wiley Jones Outstanding Student in Science Award and an RIT Presidential Scholarship. Alex is also in RIT’s Honors Program and has been selected as an Amgen-UROP Summer Scholar at MIT for the summer of 2014. Alex has also been involved in a number of leadership roles: member of the RIT National Society for Leadership and Success, a College of Science Ambassador, and an Isaac L. Jordan Student/Faculty Pluralism Award Selection Committee Member. He has also been an ImagineRIT Exhibitor, Insight Lab Family Science Leader, Honors Program Freshman Orientation Mentor and Housing Committee Member, and has helped rebuild homes for Hurricane Katrina victims through the Livingston CARES Mission Project. Alex plans to obtain his Ph.D. in Microbial Biochemistry and to influence future generations of scientists through both research and mentorship.