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Three TWU students selected for national science scholarship program


NCMR Scholars Photo credit Shannon Drawe

From left: Victoria Loveland, Sarah Adams and Carin Balusek

DENTON – Texas Woman’s University students Sarah Adams, Carin Linda (Hunt) Balusek and Victoria Loveland are among 44 students in the U.S. selected to receive scholarships from the National Consortium of Measurement and Signals Intelligence Research (NCMR) Scholars Program. These $10,000 scholarships are awarded through the National Science Foundation.

Ms. Adams of Whitehouse is a senior biology and chemistry major and the current TWU student regent. She holds numerous leadership positions at TWU, including serving as vice president of the TWU Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, past president of the TWU Honors Scholars Athenian Honor Society, member of the TWU Leadership Institute and the TWU Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences with the TWU Student Government Association. She also is a student researcher in the lab of TWU biology professor Dr. Lynda Uphouse.

“I am extremely grateful for this scholarship, because for the first time since I started college I do not have to work 30 to 40 hours a week,” Ms. Adams said. “I can focus all of my attention on being a student.”

Ms. Balusek of Crockett is a senior biochemistry pre-med major. She is a member of the TWU Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the TWU National Society of Collegiate Scholars and a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Scholar. She also volunteers with the Denton Independent School District, the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW and is a member of the National Military Family Association. Her undergraduate research on DNA Quadruplexes with TWU Chemistry Professor and Departmental Chair Dr. Richard Sheardy has received funding from the National Science Foundation. She is married to Bobby Balusek Jr. and has a 5-year-old daughter, Alexis.

“I am truly honored that the TWU Chemistry and Physics Department nominated me for this prestigious award,” Ms. Balusek said. “To actually receive the scholarship validates all of my dedication over the past three years, and will help my family and me greatly as I further my studies in the medical field.”

Ms. Loveland of Rockwall is a post-baccalaureate biochemistry student who graduated from TWU in May 2010 magna cum laude and as a TWU Honors Scholar. She plans to attend a pharmacy school in Texas in fall 2011. Ms. Loveland is the past president of the TWU Kappa Epsilon Mu chapter, the student section of the American Chemical Society; is a member of Iota Sigma Pi, the national honors society for women in chemistry; and Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honors society. She also received an NCMR scholarship in 2009.

“It is rewarding to know that my hard work throughout my entire college career is again being recognized with this important national scholarship,” Ms. Loveland said. “These funds will help me reach my goal of becoming a pharmacist.”

The NCMR Scholarship Program supports scholarships and technical exchange initiatives by the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. For more information, visit

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