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Andrew Seredinski – Goldwater Scholar

Name: Andrew Seredinski

Class Year: 2014

Hometown: Flourtown, PA

Major(s): Physics, Mathematics, Philosophy

Minors or Concentrations: German

Opportunity and Year: Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, 2013-14

Project Summary: I proposed a research project applying a mathematical deposition model from my research at Washington and Lee to nanoparticle attachment on charged dendrimers (tree-shaped polymers) to test their drug encapsulation potential.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? The research that I was able to participate in here served as the basis for my research proposal. The support from the faculty, especially from my research advisors, was above and beyond and went a long way. I also think the opportunity to pursue three majors and to study abroad in Germany during Spring Term helped make my application stand out.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? Professor Erickson suggested that I might be a qualified applicant and that I should apply. The Goldwater Scholarship is less about the money and more about the prestige of the title and the validation of hard work – both in the classroom and in the lab.

Post-graduation Plans: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? Being a Goldwater Scholar will help my applications to Physics doctoral programs stand out, and will increase the likelihood of my being selected for additional fellowships to fund my research. The application process also helped to organize my thoughts and was a good rehearsal for graduate applications.

Extracurricular Involvement:

President of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, President of racquetball club, Co-President of Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society, University Singers, General Admission a cappella group.

Off-campus Experience:

I spent Spring Term of my sophomore year abroad in Bonn, Germany taking a German language and culture course. We travelled extensively throughout western Germany, stayed with host families, climbed to the top of the Cologne Cathedral, saw German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak, and had the opportunity to shadow students at the University of Bonn.

Research Experience:

I worked with both Dr. Irina Mazilu and Dr. Dan Mazilu during the summers of 2012 and 2013 as a Summer Scholar on campus. My work focused on investigating the features of novel particle deposition models and analyzing scanning electron microscope images of nanoparticle depositions created in lab to which we applied our models. Our paper, which I co-authored in 2012, was published in the Journal of Statistical Mechanics. We recently submitted another paper based on our work from this past summer for review and publication.

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