Studying Scholar

Biochemistry major Shannon Kate Thompson of Picayune studies in McCool Hall. Along with being a Malcolm and Olivia Portera Presidential Scholar, she recently received an honorable mention from the national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program for her research. Thompson’s work focuses on fundamental questions in mammalian reproduction and genomics.

The Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor of the former U.S. Republican senator from Arizona and 1964 presidential candidate. Its goal is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who will pursue careers in these fields.

As a Portera Presidential Scholar, Thompson is one of the university’s elite students. Presidential Scholarships are established with separate endowments from donors. These prestigious awards cover tuition, fees, room and board, and books for four years of undergraduate study. Each student is assigned a mentor who is an outstanding researcher and teacher in the student’s field of study.

“I am very honored to be ranked as a Goldwater Scholar among such talented, successful individuals,” Kate Thompson said. “I have dedicated so much of my time to my research, and it is a wonderful feeling to have my work acknowledged at a national level.”