Claremont, Calif. (April 11, 2016)—Pitzer College junior Lillian Horin ’17 has been awarded a 2016-17 Barry Goldwater Scholarship, which recognizes exceptional college sophomores and juniors from the US who are majoring in mathematics, science or engineering.
A biology major, Horin plans to earn a PhD to train as a biomedical scientist and to conduct research to improve diabetes treatments and prevent the metabolic disease’s macro- and micro-vascular complications.
In less than three years at Pitzer, Horin has made a name for herself in the academic scientific community. Earlier this year, Horin was selected as one of 70 undergraduates from across the country to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP). Through EXROP, she will research retinal metabolism at Harvard Medical School this summer.
This month, Horin received the David S. Bruce Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award and the David S. Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Award at the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego. She also won the American Physiological Society’s Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section Scholander Undergraduate Award.
Horin earned a presentation award for outstanding research in physiology at the 2015 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference in the fall. She is the vice president of The Claremont Colleges’ chapter of SACNAS and is committed to improving retention of underrepresented students, especially first-generation college students and students of color, in the science fields.
This year, Horin was one of three students from Pitzer, Claremont McKenna and Scripps colleges’ joint W.M. Keck Science Department to win the prestigious scholarship. Based on academic merit, 252 Goldwater Scholars were selected from a field of 1,150 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by 415 colleges and universities nationwide this year.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, established by the US Congress to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, strives to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers through college scholarships.