May 8, 2003
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.- Allison Campbell, a sophomore at Amherst College, will receive a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for study next year. A graduate of Skyline High School, she is the daughter of James and Kristine Campbell of Salt Lake City, Utah. Only 300 Goldwater Scholarships were awarded to undergraduate sophomores and juniors in the United States this year.
Campbell is interested in the study of infectious diseases. Her work at Amherst-especially with Patrick Williamson, Edward H. Harkness Professor of Biology-has already involved protein structure. As a high school student, Campbell began studying Parkinson's disease in laboratories at the University of Utah. She spent the summer of 2002 at the University, one of five undergraduates selected to pursue pharmacology by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. In January 2003, she continued her work at the University of Utah, researching techniques for amplifying small samples of genetic material.
A biology major, Campbell has worked on the Amherst College Emergency Medical Services team, and also has been part of the Isshin-Ryu Karate Club, the Amherst Equestrian Team and the Ballroom Dance Club at Amherst.
The U.S. Congress authorized the Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program in 1986. Faculty members nominate students, 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.