Goldwater Scholar Jana Cable and mentor Natosha Finley look at data on a computer screen.

Two undergraduates named Goldwater Scholars; two honorable mentions

Hannah Kempf and Carrie Tyler look at rock samples and a reference book together.
Hannah Kempf (left) is one of two Miami University students named 2017 Goldwater Scholars. The geology major is mentored by assistant professor of geology and environmental earth science Carrie Tyler (right).

Two Miami University students have each received a Goldwater Scholarship for 2017-2018. They are among 240 students nationwide to receive the scholarship, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, natural science and engineering.

Miami’s Goldwater Scholars are:

  • Jana Cable, a junior microbiology major from Bowling Green.
  • Hannah Kempf, a junior geology major and Spanish minor from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Avnika Bali, a junior biochemistry and biological physics double major and mathematics and neuroscience double minor from Oxford.
  • Max Leveridge, a second-year environmental earth sciences major with environmental science and sustainability co-majors from Dublin.

The Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Foundation Scholarship Program encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.

Nationwide, faculty nominated 1,286 students for the one- and two-year scholarships, worth up to $7,500 per year.

Cable and Kempf are two of eight students at an Ohio public university to receive a Goldwater Scholarship.

Bali and Leveridge are two of six students at an Ohio public university to receive an Honorable Mention.

Read profiles of Miami’s Goldwater Scholars and honorable mentions online.

Paul Urayma, professor of physics and Miami’s Goldwater faculty representative, said, “This is an amazing outcome for the students and for Miami University. Each institution is allowed to submit up to four nominations for national consideration. This is the second year in a row that all four of Miami’s nominees are acknowledged.”

Urayama, a 1993 Goldwater Scholar from the University of California-Irvine, was recently profiled on the Goldwater Scholars website. Read his profile online.


Written by Susan Meikle, Miami University News and Communications. Originally appeared as a “Top Story” on Miami University’s News and Events website.

Photos of Jana Cable and mentor Natosha Finley and Hannah Kempf and mentor Carrie Tyler by Jeff Sabo, Miami University Photo Services.

A student researcher looks into a microscope.

Miami University students honored with national fellowships and awards

Portrait of Lisa Velkoff.
Elizabeth “Lisa” Velkoff has been named a Graduate Research Fellow by the National Science Foundation.

A number of undergraduate and graduate students from Miami University have been honored with prestigious national fellowships and awards this spring.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Elizabeth “Lisa” Velkoff, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology who is being advised by Dr. April Smith has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program “recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.”

Addison Kimmel, who did her undergraduate work at Miami, also received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program in support of research she is doing as a graduate student at the University of Iowa.

Goldwater Foundation Scholarship Program

The following students have been named Goldwater Scholars:

  • Hannah Devens, a junior double majoring in botany and zoology with an environmental science co-major and double minoring in rhetoric/writing and global perspectives on sustainability;
  • Blake Rasor, a junior double majoring in biology and microbiology and double minoring in molecular biology and bioinformatics;
  • Cameron Williams, a junior majoring in biochemistry and minoring in mathematics.

Avnika Bali, a sophomore, double majoring in biochemistry and biological physics and double minoring in mathematics and neuroscience received an Honorable Mention.

The Goldwater Foundation Scholarship Program encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering. It is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The following students and former students have been named English Teaching Assistants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program:

  • Matthew Armelli, who majored in German before graduating from this past December, will serve in Germany.
  • Rebekah Harper, a senior majoring in integrated English language arts education and minoring in rhetoric/writing, will serve in Turkey.
  • Jonathan Meyer, who double majored in international studies and German before graduating this past December, will serve in Germany.
  • Emily Paxson, a senior majoring in international studies and minoring in German, will service in Bulgaria.
  • William Smeal, a senior double majoring in Spanish and linguistics and minoring in Latin American studies and Lusophone studies, will serve in Bulgaria.

The Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program “places students in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.”


Photo of Lisa Velkoff by David Katko, Miami University Photo Services. Photo of Blake Rasor by Jeff Sabo, Miami University Photo Services.