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April 11, 2013

Meet Lindsey Brier: 2013 Goldwater Scholar
National Scholarship Recognizes Students Planning Careers in Science, Mathematics or Engineering

Lindsey BrierMathematical biology undergraduate Lindsey Brier was among the 271 students named a 2013 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Annually, the Goldwater Foundation Trustees award up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships to sophomores and juniors who demonstrate academic excellence and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The scholarship covers up to $7,500 in undergraduate expenses, which include tuition, fees, books, and room and board. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is perhaps the most recognized and prestigious scholarship program in the United States for science, engineering, and mathematics majors.

Lindsey is a junior majoring in mathematical biology and minoring in chemistry at University of Houston’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. During her sophomore year, Lindsey began researching in Dr. Brian McFarlin’s human physiology lab and was subsequently awarded a summer internship at the University of California, San Francisco.

Since returning from UCSF, she has been in Dr. James Briggs’ lab that focuses on drug discovery, and she will be continuing her work through graduation and the completion of her Senior Honors Thesis. Recently, she has accepted a position at the University of Pennsylvania in their Summer Undergraduate Internship Program.

When Lindsey is not in the lab, she plays French horn in the Moores School of Music performing ensembles.

“It is my favorite thing to do outside of my studies and is a great way to take a break from the many stresses that can come from classes and research,” she said. “I have worked my way up to earning the lead part for many performances. I would really love to continue in music outside of my undergraduate experience, but I know it only gets more hectic from here!”

Lindsey is secretary of the Houston Undergraduate Research Network and a member of Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics Honor Society) and Phi Kappa Phi (All-Discipline Honor Society). She is also a Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholar and serves as assistant facilitator for an Organic Chemistry II Scholar Enrichment Program workshop.

Lindsey plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry and to continue studying the field of drug discovery. “I find this field to be the perfect blend of mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, and biology topics. I am also interested in clinical applications and teaching at the university level,” she said.

“I am honored that I get to represent the University of Houston at the national level!” Lindsey said. “I would love to thank everyone who has supported me and helped me through this process, especially my parents, my brother, and all my extended family and friends, Dr. Stuart Long, Karen Weber, the Jacobson Lab, and the Briggs Lab (shout out to undergraduate research team -- Tres Leches!)”.

To learn more about Lindsey’s research background, please visit her feature below.

Undergraduate Researcher: Lindsey Brier


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