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Jack Nicoludis '12 Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Jack Nicoludis '12 Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

by Mariam Zakhary'13

Lee Smithey
Jack Nicoludis '12

Jack Nicoludis '12 is the recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. As a Goldwater Scholar, he will receive up to $7,500 toward his undergraduate expenses for his senior year.

Nicoludis is one of 275 undergraduates selected for the award on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,035 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The award was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater.

An honors chemistry major and a biology minor from Barrington, N.H., Nicoludis credits in particular Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Liliya Yatsunyk with strongly influencing his decision to become a scientist. Working in Yatsunyk's lab, Nicoludis has designed research projects that study chromosomal DNA structure and its interactions with possible cancer drugs.

Outside of the classroom, Nicoludis sings in the a cappella group Mixed Company and is a member of the College's Housing Committee. He also works as a tutor and teaching assistant for the chemistry department. After Swarthmore, Nicoludis plans to pursue graduate studies in chemistry.