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Honors students win Goldwater Scholarships, campus leadership awards

Monday, April 1, 2013

Goldwater Scholars, Qi Chen and Lianna Dang

Two students from the University Honors Program have been chosen as recipients of Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. The prestigious awards recognize undergraduates who are academically gifted in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Qi Chen, Overland Park junior majoring in chemical engineering, and Lianna Dang, Shawnee junior majoring in chemistry, are KU’s Goldwater Scholars.

KU, with six Goldwater Scholars between last year and this year, is one of only 21 universities to have at least four Goldwater awards in the past two years.

Honors students continue to contribute to the University and campus with their leadership, character and academic abilities. Seven Honors students received University Awards, formerly known as the Chancellor’s Student Awards, this spring:

Hannah Bolton, Agnes Wright Strickland Award

Shannon Collins, Alexis F. Dillard Student Involvement Award

Matthew Moore, Caryl K. Smith Student Leader Award

Bernadette Myers, Class of 1913 Award

Cooper Nickel, Kathryn Nemeth Tuttle Student Scholar Award

Sida Niu, Class of 1913 Award

Megan Watson, Rusty Leffel Concerned Student Award

Details about the awards criteria



Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
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