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Released April 19, 2004



HATTIESBURG - A University of Southern Mississippi senior has received recognition as a Goldwater Scholar, a prestigious national scholarship program established for future scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

Amanda Winters, a biochemistry major from Petal, is among 300 college and university students in the United States who will receive a Goldwater Scholarship for the academic year 2003-2004.

Winters' selection gives Southern Miss 12 Goldwater Scholars in the last 10 years. The one- and two-year Goldwater scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

"I am thinking of pursuing a medical Ph.D. so I can do research and practice medicine," said Winters, who will intern this summer researching at St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Dr. Robert Bateman, chair of the department of chemistry at Southern Miss, said that Winters' selection is a special honor because "it's a national competition and there aren't that many winners around the country."

Described by Bateman as "quiet and hard-working," Winters, 20, has been a determined student since her arrival at Southern Miss, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. "She basically started doing undergraduate research the minute she walked through the door," Bateman said.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,093 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred sixty-one of the scholars are men, 139 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective.

Thirty-one scholars are mathematics majors, 210 are science majors, 45 are

majoring in engineering, and 12 are computer science-related majors. Many of the scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering, and computer disciplines.

"Amanda is an asset to her department and to the University of Southern

Mississippi," said Robert Lochhead, dean of the Southern Miss College of Science and

Technology. "She exemplifies everything the award represents."

Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious postgraduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 50 Rhodes Scholarships (six of the 32 awarded in the United States in 2003), 55 Marshall Awards (eight of the 40 awarded in the United States in 2003), and numerous other distinguished fellowships.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on Nov. 14, 1986. The scholarship program honoring Sen. Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.


OCEAN SPRINGS -- Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will lead two photographic events at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory on Wednesday, March 10.

He will present a nature photography workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then a talk and slide show called "Wildlife Images 2003" at 7 p.m., both at The University of Southern Mississippi GCRL.

Admission to the evening event is free and will be held in the Caylor Auditorium at GCRL. The veteran photographer will feature photos from his 2003 photographic safaris abroad and in North America. He will answer questions and sign his books during the reception following his slide show.

The registration fee for the all-day workshop is $50 per person, payable to GCRL. Registration includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks. Participation is limited to 20. Though the workshop is geared toward beginners, Ulrich tailors the experience to meet needs for all degrees of skill.

"The beginners will definitely benefit from the workshop, but I always help the more advanced get something out of it also," Ulrich said. "I lead many photo trips and always find a wide range of levels."

Ulrich said participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.

Topics include a brief review of the principles of photography, relationships between shutter and aperture settings, fundamental elements of composition, use and timing of fill-in flash, digital versus film photography, techniques of close-up photography, and a brief discussion of slide etiquette, the photography business and marketing.

Ulrich grew up in South Chicago, graduated with a degree in biology from Southern Illinois University and taught for four years before launching his career as a freelance photographer. He has supported himself with nature photography for the past 29 years.

His library of more than 300,000 transparencies includes birds and mammals from all over the world. His photographs have been featured in publications such as National Wildlife, Audubon, National Geographic, Montana Outdoors and Life.

He has published six nature books, including Mammals of the Rockies, Birds of the Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame and his 2002 release, Photo Pantanal. Dr. William E. Hawkins, GCRL executive director, said Ulrich brings the scientific and artistic worlds together.

"Tom earns his living photographing wildlife all over the world," Hawkins sad. "He is an outstanding observer and a biologist. His approach to photography is to capture his subjects exhibiting their natural behavior."

The GCRL is home to the university's Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center for Fisheries Research and Development, and the Gulf Coast Geospatial Center. The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium is also a unit of the laboratory. The GCRL is part of the Southern Miss College of Science and Technology. For more information, call the laboratory at (228) 872-4200.


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