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Ryan Henrici named recipient of Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

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Ryan Henrici and Song Tan31 March 2014 — Ryan Henrici, a Schreyer Honors College student in the Eberly College of Science has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program is widely considered the most prestigious national recognition that can be bestowed upon an undergraduate for research achievements and potential in the sciences. This highly competitive award provides up to $7,500 a year for college sophomores and juniors in all of the natural sciences.  Congress established the award in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate. Goldwater scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, and in 2014 only 283 scholars were selected nationally.

Henrici is a junior pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.   He plans to attend medical or graduate school to conduct translational research in tumorigenesis and to design novel therapeutics. Henrici is currently performing honors thesis research under the direction of Dr. Song Tan, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, on the biological structure of chromatin enzymes, and their function in gene regulation and diseases like cancer.  Henrici crystallized a large multicomponent protein-DNA complex in order to determine its atomic structure.

Dr. Tan says “Ryan is an outstanding scientist.  He accomplished in six months working part-time what post doctoral scholars in laboratories around the world have been trying to do for years."

Ryan is the son of Michael and Carol Henrici from Chesterbrook, PA.