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UCR junior awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

UCR junior awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

(May 9, 2002)

Star Wangoong Lee, a junior at UC Riverside and a UC LEADS scholar, is the first University Honors Program recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship is given to outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

The scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Junior level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, senior level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of support.

Lee, who is originally from Georgia, was delighted to learn that she would be awarded the scholarship in the fall quarter. She is majoring in neuroscience, being attracted to the field because of its integration of psychology and biology. As part of her application, she submitted an essay she wrote on the research she does in the laboratory of Glenn Stanley, professor of psychology and of cell biology and neuroscience at UCR.

At present, Lee is studying eating behavior, using rats as her model. Glutamate, an amino acid, works by activating 'N-methyl-D-aspartic acid' (NMDA) receptors found in the lateral hypothalamus. Lee examines how the NMDA receptors mediate the feeding elicited by 'neuropeptide Y' (NPY), a peptide or small protein, in this area of the brain. The research hopes to provide a better understanding of the interaction between NMDA and NPY that is involved in feeding behavior.

After she graduates from UCR, Lee plans to attend graduate school and earn a doctorate in neuroscience.

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