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

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University has nominated four students for Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships: Shane Scott, Dodge City; Emily Tummons, Leawood; Andrew Satterlee, Overland Park; and Gage Brummer, Prairie Village.

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. As many as 300 students will receive a 2010 scholarship, which provides as much as $7,500 annually for the scholar's final one or two years of undergraduate studies. Nominees complete four mini-essays and one longer essay about a significant area of research in their field of study. The scholars will be announced in late March.

Scott is a sophomore in physics and mathematics. He is conducting research in ultrafast optics with Zenghu Chang, professor of physics. They are utilizing attosecond, which is one quintillionth of a second, laser pulses to study electron dynamics in atoms and molecules. Scott is a member of the Collegiate Mathematics Competition team, physics club and math club. He is in the K-State honors program and has received a Putnam Scholarship through the KSU Foundation. A 2008 graduate of Dodge City High School, he is the son of Louis and Janice Scott of Dodge City.

Tummons is a junior in biological systems engineering. She has been researching the population decline of the Yosemite toad, specifically focusing on the effect that climate change has had on the population because of decreases in the annual snowfall in the Sierra Nevada in the last decade. She is continuing her Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer project that she did at the University of California-Merced with Eric Berlow, director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute Yosemite Field Station. Tummons is a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Golden Key international honor society. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and a participant in the sorority's intramurals. She has received the Medallion Scholarship, Beckman Memorial Scholarship, the Regan Scholarship and College of Engineering scholarships through the KSU Foundation. A 2007 graduate of St. Teresa's Academy, she is the daughter of Philip and Louann Tummons of Leawood.

Satterlee is a senior in chemical engineering with a secondary major in biological engineering and a minor in biology. He has been researching a new development for boron neutron capture cancer therapy. He created the project with his roommates, also engineers, and with help from their adviser, John R. Schlup, professor of chemical engineering. Satterlee is a member of the K-State Proud Advisory Board and has been a K-State Proud co-chair. He is a member of the Mortar Board national senior honor society, K-State Student Alumni Board, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and Icthus Campus Ministry. He has received K-State's Foundation and Kassebaum scholarships through the KSU Foundation and an Extraordinary Student Award. A 2006 graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School, he is the son of George and Susan Satterlee of Overland Park.

Brummer is a sophomore in biochemistry. He is researching the underlying causes of keratoconus, an eye disease, under the supervision of Gary Conrad, distinguished professor of biology. He also is researching the current clinical treatment of the disease, which involves riboflavin and ultraviolet A collagen cross-linking, to try to make it more effective and less harmful to patients. Brummer is planning on conducting research in Berlin this summer to study the expression and purification of a stress-related gene through the Research Internships in Science and Engineering program. He had an internship in summer 2009 at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of K-State's ultimate Frisbee team. Brummer has been the floor president of Marlatt Hall, a teaching assistant for introductory biology courses and a lab instructor for introductory chemistry courses. He was awarded the best student presentation at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory Student Research Symposium. He also has received the Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding First Year Performance Award. He has been a Kansas Institutional Development Awards Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Undergraduate Research Scholar. He received a June Sherrid Cancer Research Scholarship and Terry C. Johnson Cancer Center Research Scholarship through the KSU Foundation. He has received a leadership scholarship and semester honors for each semester thus far. A 2008 graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School, he is the son of John and Amy Brummer of Prairie Village.

K-State ranks first in the nation among 500 state universities with 64 Goldwater Scholars since the program began in 1989.