Two CSUMB students earn prestigious Goldwater scholarships

By Mark C. Anderson

Two CSU Monterey Bay students have earned one of the most prestigious undergraduate awards for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the country. 

Charles Scrivner and Spencer Hart Winter have been awarded 2022 Barry Goldwater Scholarships, which goes to top sophomores and juniors in STEM fields who demonstrate both exceptional merit and outstanding research aptitude. 

Scrivner and Winter, who are both scholars at CSUMBs Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center (UROC), are two of only five awardees in the entire CSU system.

Scrivner, whose research mentors and collaborators are Sherry Palacios and Heidi Dierssen, aims to conduct research in ocean optics and remote satellite sensing to track ecological change, while simultaneously empowering LGBTQ+ scholars interested in STEM careers. They also hope to ultimately earn a doctorate in biological oceanography. 

"In the wake of climate change and other environmental crises, I hope to shed insight into how marine systems are changing at large spatio-temporal scales, says Scrivner, whos a marine science major and a chemistry minor.

Winter, himself a double major in molecular biology and human development and family sciences, was mentored by Zurine De Miguel, Rob Weisskirch and Tim Hanks. He plans to work on molecular programming using DNA strands to form neural networks which can then be used to create fully biological robots. 

DNA-based robots have a lot of potential, Winter says. They're sustaina....

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