Junior mathematics major Taylor Richard and junior biochemistry and biology double major Daniel Starer-Stor received honorable mention from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.
Goldwater Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,107 mathematics, science, and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.
Richard is also a secondary organ student, and takes lessons in the Conservatory of Music. His mathematics research interests center on topology and the problem of classifying sets of rays in Euclidean 3-space. After Oberlin, he intends to pursue a PhD in mathematical research.
Starer-Stor is interested in studying age-related disorders and the cellular processes associated with aging. Aside from his research with Professor of Biology Yolanda Cruz, Starer-Stor is the president and founder of the Oberlin College Research Mentorship Program, which pairs students from Oberlin High School with college mentors to get them involved with scientific research. He was a professional tap dancer during his high school years and during his gap year, and has taught the tap dancing Experimental College (ExCo) course twice during his three years at Oberlin, also performing during the fall student dance showcase. This summer, Starer-Stor will be working in a neuroscience lab at the Cold Spring Harbor Undergraduate Summer Research Program.