North Central College - Naperville, IL

Muganda honored with Goldwater recognition

Long hours conducting independent research, working as a lab assistant and serving as a preceptor for various classes have paid off for Grace Muganda ’12, who earned an honorable mention in the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship program.

“This means an affirmation that I’m capable of being the scientist I want to become as I move on to graduate school or medical school,” says Muganda, who is double-majoring in biochemistry and computer science. She has interned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. She presented her neurobiology research at the 2010 National Conference for Undergraduate Research held at the University of Montana in Missoula.

“Grace has worked extremely hard to reach this level of achievement, including extensive research experiences both on our campus and in the labs of other universities in the region,” says Perry Hamalis, director of the College’s Office of Academic Opportunities and associate professor of religious studies. Muganda follows Goldwater scholarship winners Zach Pratt ’05 and Emily Albright ’10, and previous honorable mention honoree Christina Lorenzo ’10.

“I’ve learned communication is key in the science world,” she says. “At North Central I’ve learned how to investigate and the importance of sharing what I’ve learned with others.”