An Albany State University chemistry major has been chosen to receive the prestigious United Negro College Fund/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award for the 2011-2012 academic year. Kerestin Goodman, a 21-year-old senior from Albany, Ga., was chosen for the award from among an “outstanding group of highly competitive applicants.”
This award will cover a summer research internship for 10 weeks at a Merck facility and a scholarship award of up to $25,000 to be applied to tuition, room, board and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year. The award makes the ASU Department of Natural Sciences eligible to apply for a $10,000 grant.
Goodman, who is on track to graduate in December of 2012, will spend this summer working as an intern for the Merck Company. As part of her award she will attend a Fellows Day event July 16-21, 2011, at the Normandy Farm Conference Center in Blue Bell, Pa. During Fellows Day, she will meet the other award recipients at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels and be formally recognized for her achievements.
“I am very excited about receiving this award.” Goodwin said. “It will go a long way towards helping me realize my dream of becoming a researcher for a pharmaceutical company.”
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Goodman moved to Albany during her pre-school years. A 2007 graduate of Albany High School, she is the daughter of Teresa and Carl Goodman and the stepdaughter of Donnell Harden. She expressed a strong motive for developing treatments for kidney disease.
“I lost two grandmothers to kidney disease,” she said. “I lost my grandmother on my father’s side last year and eight years ago my grandmother on my mother’s side.”
After graduation Goodman plans to pursue a master’s degree in organic chemistry and a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. Her long range plans are to work as a researcher at the Merck Company to find a cure for kidney disease.
Goodman has two sisters, Aerial, 26 and Alana, 6, and one brother, Omar, 24.