DALLAS (SMU) — SMU junior Joseph Di Pane was named a 2016-17 Barry Goldwater Scholar, one of 252 sophomores and junior college students selected nationwide to receive the honor. Goldwater scholars are selected from top mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by their universities.
Joseph Di Pane
A biological sciences and history major, Di Pane has conducted several research projects as an SMU student. He analyzed the effect of proteins BAMBI and DBC1 on neurodegeneration, the progressive loss of structure or function of neurons, as a two-time recipient of SMU's Hamilton Research Scholarship. The Hamilton award enables undergraduates to collaborate with faculty members to conduct their own research and present their findings. With the help of the Goldwater Scholarship Di Pane will continue his research to better understand the molecular basis of neurodegeneration.
"The Goldwater Scholarship validates all the hard work I’ve put into school and research," Di Pane says. "So many people contribute to the scientific community, putting in hour after hour at the bench, and doing everything in their power to make meaningful discoveries. Simply to be a part of that community is an honor for me."
Di Pane is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honorary Society, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honor Society and SMU Honors College. He also is a recipient of the SMU Founders Scholarship.
"Dr. Santosh D’Mello, professor and chair of Biological Sciences, took me into his laboratory nearly two years ago, and has been supportive and patient with me through all the pitfalls associated with research," Di Pane said. "Dr. John Wise, associate professor of biological sciences, has served as another close mentor for me. He helped me get involved with research in the first place and has always been there to guide me through my toughest scientific struggles. Without these two professors, none of this would be possible."