April 11, 2000
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Two Amherst College students, Matthew Bevers of Iowa City, Iowa, and Michael Dougan of Pelham, Mass., will receive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships for study next year. Only 309 scholarships were awarded to undergraduate sophomores and juniors in the United States this year.

Bevers, a junior majoring in neuroscience, plans to pursue a medical degree and a Ph.D. in that discipline, and to work as a clinician and researcher. Last summer he took part in a Physician Scientist Training Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, investigating the role of certain proteins in the differentiation of neural cells.

Dougan, a sophomore studying English and chemistry, also hopes to work in medical research after earning M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. His special area of interest is the development of retroviral vaccines. He has conducted research in immunology for the past three summers, at Amherst College and at the Food and Drug Administration in Maryland.

The Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1986. Students are nominated by faculty members, and awards are made on the basis of academic merit to outstanding sophomores and juniors who plan to pursue careers in science, mathematics or engineering. Each scholarship covers expenses for tuition, fees, books, room and board, for as much as $7,500 annually.