Three Kansas University students have won Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships in national competition offered to encourage excellence in science and mathematics.
Bryce M. Kuhlman of Shawnee, Huong M. Lam of Lansing and Matthew P. Meyer of Weir were among 250 students nationally to be offered the scholarships, created in honor of retired U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, Washington, D.C., administers the scholarship program.
The scholarships provide up to $7,000 for tuition, fees, books, and board and room for a student's senior year. Nine KU students have been named Goldwater Scholars since the first scholarships were offered in 1989.
Meyer, is majoring in chemistry and mathematics and plans a career in chemical research.
He studies in the laboratory of Richard L. Schowen, Summerfield distinguished professor of chemistry. Meyer presented his research at the Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in November 1993 at Columbia, Mo. He is secretary of the KU student chapter of ACS. He received the chemistry department's Kleinberg Award for undergraduate research and writes for the Kansas Engineer magazine.
Kuhlman, majoring in engineering physics, is a graduate of DeSoto High School. He hopes to earn a doctorate in control systems or in computer software design. He plans a career in research and design of virtual-reality systems and virtual environments.
As a 1993 KU undergraduate research award recipient, Kuhlman studied the use of geometric visualization to understand solutions to differential equations, under David E. Lerner, associate professor of mathematics. He has continued his research with the support of the Kansas Institute for Theoretical and Computational Science at KU. Kuhlman has given magic shows since age 6 and now is a professional magician. "The psychology of perception, which is the basis of my magical effects, will prove useful when designing a user-interface virtual environment," he said.
Lam is majoring in chemistry and biochemistry. She plans to earn medical and doctoral degrees and to pursue a career in biomedical research.
At KU, Lam is conducting research in analytical chemistry with Craig E. Lunte, assistant professor of chemistry. She received a 1993 Merck, Sharpe & Dohme Summer Research scholarship to conduct independent research. She became a Watkins-Berger Scholar and a University Scholar. She is a member of Owl Society, an honorary scholastic society, and is a KU Ambassador. She served as vice president of Students Against Hunger.