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Source: Jim Hohenbary, 785-532-6904,
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News release prepared by: Kristin Hodges, 785-532-6415,

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University has nominated four students for 2009 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships: Frank Male, Eudora; Ryan Gallagher, Olathe; Heather Arnold, Topeka; and Erik Stalcup, Wellington.

The Goldwater scholarship competition is for outstanding science, math or engineering students who have a potential for and a commitment to a career in their field. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 annually for the scholar's final one or two years of undergraduate studies. Nominees complete four mini-essays and write a longer essay about a significant area of research in their field of study. The finalists will be announced in late March.

Frank Male


Male is a senior in physics and political science. He plans to pursue a doctorate in physics and either work for a small high-technology firm or a national physics research lab. At K-State, he has worked under Bruce Law, professor of physics, in the Liquefied Surface Physics group. He also has worked at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Germany. Male has researched liquid filaments in triangular grooves and the slip behavior of liquids, and he studied and wrote a program about fluid surfaces with air. At K-State, Male is a member of the Smith Scholarship House, where he has served as recruiting chair; the College of Arts and Sciences Council; College Republicans; and an opinion writer for the K-State Collegian. He also has judged elementary school science fairs for the Women in Engineering and Science Program. He has received a Putnam Scholarship, a James A. Branson Memorial Scholarship, a Basil and Mary Curnutte Scholarship and a Leo E. Hudiburg Scholarship. A 2005 graduate of Eudora High School, he is the son of Frank and Kallie Male, Eudora.






Ryan Gallagher


Gallagher is a junior in microbiology and premedicine. He plans to attend medical school and earn a Ph.D. in immunology. He would like to have a career that balances teaching and patient responsibilities with continued involvement in research. He has worked under Stephen Chapes, K-State professor of biology, performing immunology research. He is studying the effects of protein CD81 in the survival rates of mice and CD81's role in cell development. He also has conducted research at an immunology lab at the KU Medical Center and has published an article on the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis model, which is a model of multiple sclerosis. At K-State, Gallagher is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta premedicine honorary society; a University Experience peer mentor; is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Scholar; and has received a Most Promising Student award from K-State's Division of Biology.

Gallagher also has received the Henry J. Putnam Scholarship and funding from the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. A 2006 graduate of Olathe East High School, he is the son of Don and Linda Gallagher, Olathe.




Arnold is a senior in electrical engineering. She plans to earn a doctorate in materials science and engineering to pursue a research career in aerospace materials. At K-State, Arnold has worked under James Edgar, professor of chemical engineering, and Andrew Rys, professor of electrical and computer engineering, to characterize wide band-gap semiconducting materials. She also has served numerous co-op tours at the Johnson Space Center, where she has been involved with several research projects, including battery fault detection. In addition, she has completed an internship at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. She is the secretary of K-State's Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the webmaster of K-State's Circle K Club. She also is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society; Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering and computer engineering honor society; and Phi Kappa Phi, a national academic honor society. Her scholarships include the Henry and Florence Ruff Scholarship, the AT&T Scholarship for Employees Children, the Northrop Grumman Scholarship for Employees Children, Henry and Helen Greene Scholarship, the K-State Medallion Scholarship, the G.E. Johnson Engineering Scholarship, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees Scholarship and the Dillon Electrical Engineering Scholarship. She has received the Johnson Space Center Co-op Special Achievement Award for two years and is the recipient of a Girl Scout Gold Award. A 2004 graduate of Washburn Rural High School, she is the daughter of Tom and Ann Arnold, Topeka.

Erik Stalcup


Stalcup is a junior in physics with a minor in music. He plans to earn a doctorate in physics and then conduct research at a national laboratory. While at K-State, he has worked under Bruce Law, professor of physics, and also has worked at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. Stalcup recently has researched the spreading properties of ionic liquids. He also has worked with the Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Team and has studied gold nanoparticles. He is a member of the Smith Scholarship House, where he has served as scholarship chair and a member of the Mediation Board. He also has been a member of the K-State Marching Band, Pep Band, Latin Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band. Stalcup received a Louis D. and Lillian Ellsworth Family Scholarship, a Boyer Educational Trust Scholarship, a Carl F. and Sarah Boell Muckenhoupt Scholarship, an Arts and Sciences Fund for Excellence award, a James A. Branson Memorial Scholarship, a Gayle C. Kramer Scholarship, a Basil and Mary Curnutte Scholarship, a K-State Presidential Scholarship and a National Merit Scholarship. A 2006 graduate of Wellington High School, he is the son of John and Ood Stalcup, Wellington.