Chemistry major John Lu has been named a 2017 scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. John is among 240 students awarded Goldwater Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. The one- and two-year scholarships go toward covering the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board.
The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,286 nominated mathematics, science and engineering students nationwide. Virtually all scholars intend to obtain a Ph.D. The federally endowed scholarship program honoring the late U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
After graduation, John hopes to conduct research on viral neglected tropical diseases. He has conducted research with Micah Luftig, an associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at Duke, and is currently conducting research at the University of Oxford. John has also conducted public health research in Tanzania, founded Duke’s first undergraduate global health journal, taught a house course on neglected tropical diseases, and served as a peer adviser for the Academic Advising Center.
Congratulations on receiving this prestigious award, John!