Madelyn Ball, a University of New Hampshire chemistry engineering student from Potsdam, was recently awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award for science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors. Goldwater scholars receive up to $7,500 to offset the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board.
Ball is a member of the university's honors program and a recipient of donor-funded awards from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research.
Ball, who was a 2012 Goldwater honorable mention recipient, has extensive research experience in the area of energy and biofuel production.
She has participated in two Research Experience for Undergraduate summer programs, one at Stony Brook University and another at Washington University in St. Louis. She will do a third REU this summer through the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels, during which she will conduct research at the National Renewable Energy Lab.
Ball used a Hamel Center Research Presentation grant to travel to the Beiomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in October of 2011 to do a poster presentation of her biomedical engineering research at Stony Brook.
Ball traveled to Brazil as part of a Research Experience for Undergraduate program in summer 2012 and conducted research on the effects of xylose and glucose on microbial production of xylitol while studying abroad at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics last semester.
"I'm honored to have received this scholarship," Ball says, "and am very grateful for all the research opportunities I've had, both at UNH and elsewhere. Through my research in the lab of Dr. P.T. Vasudevan, I've been able to explore the area of bioenergy and develop and focus my research interests."