Undergraduate Students Win Prestigious National Scholarship | MSUToday

Three Michigan State University undergraduates are recipients of the nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarship for 2022.

Every year the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Foundation for Excellence in Education seeks scholars committed to a career in science, mathematics, or engineering who demonstrate intellectual intensity and have the potential for significant future contribution in their chosen field. Recipients receive funding for undergraduate tuition and living expenses.

Since the scholarship program began in 1989, 52 MSU students have been honored.

MSU’s 2022 Goldwater Scholars are:

  • Bailey Bowcutt, junior microbiology student at Lyman Briggs College and Honors College Fellow
  • Calista Busch, junior genomics and molecular genetics student at Lyman Briggs College and Honors College Fellow
  • Samuel Sottile, junior majoring in advanced mathematics at the College of Natural Science and Fellow of the Honors College

Bailey Bowcutt

Bowcutt is a research assistant for Shannon Manning in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Their project examines how antibiotic treatment leads to antibiotic-resistant microbes in the gut microbiome of dairy cattle. Bowcutt is president of MSU’s Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Club and 3D Printing Team Leader in association with the Disability Resource Center. She is from Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is a recipient of a STARR Charitable Foundation Scholarship.

“I am very honored to be accepted as a Goldwater Fellow. I appreciate the support of Dr Olive and Dr Sweeder in my application process as well as my mentor, Dr Shannon Manning, who supported and encouraged me throughout. long,” Bowcutt said. “I also appreciate Wyoming Public Health Laboratories and Dr. Noah Hull for helping me develop my early interest in public health and microbiology research. I intend to continue my research and obtain a PhD, and this process has been exceptional in helping me prepare. None of this would have been possible without my support systems and I am grateful to have been awarded this prestigious fellowship.”

Calista Busch

Calista Busch

Busch is a research assistant to Richard Schwartz in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. She studies the effect of diet and oxybenzone on the proliferation of breast cancer. Busch is an undergraduate learning assistant at Lyman Briggs College and a group leader for the Spartan Support Network. Busch is from Mason, Ohio.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this award to further my research and expand the opportunities I am able to pursue,” Busch said. “I would like to thank my mentors, advisors and research evaluators who supported me in this process. This fellowship will allow me to focus my attention on my research and devote as much time as possible to advancing the field of cancer biology. I look forward to continuing my research at MSU, going to graduate school, and ultimately advancing discoveries in cancer biology.

Samuel Sottile

Samuel Sottile

Sottile is pursuing a research project focused on ergodic quantum processes under the supervision of Jeffrey Schenker and Ilya Kachkovskiy from the Department of Mathematics. He is president of the MSU Math Club and was a commendation finalist in the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship competition. Sottile is from College Station, Texas.

“I would like to thank my research mentors and everyone I have worked with. I am honored to receive this award and look forward to continuing my research,” said Sottile.

the National/International Bursary and Bursary Officeadministered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students pursue important national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout competitive application processes.

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