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Written by Cara J. Hayden

Savinov (left) and Oczypok

Savinov (left) and Oczypok

She flew cross-country, from Florida to California, while chasing a space shuttle. He investigated a mycobacteriophage to learn how it infects bacteria. Both earned one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships in the nation. This spring, Honors College students Elizabeth Oczypok and Andrew Savinov received Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships for their academic and research-based successes. The scholarship was established in 1986 by the U.S. Congress in honor of then-Senator Barry M. Goldwater to encourage students to pursue careers in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering. Since then, Pitt undergraduates have won a total of 41 Goldwater Scholarships. Oczypok is a junior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology who was researching what happens to worms in space when she had to chase down a space shuttle that made an alternate landing. (Read more about her adventure in the Fall 2007 issue of Pitt Magazine.) Savinov is a sophomore majoring in chemistry and molecular biology who is interested in studying how DNA can separate and recombine.