Phillip Craigmile

Phillip Craigmile

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OHIO sophomores receive nationally competitive scholarships

Two sophomore STEM majors in the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University were recently awarded nationally competitive scholarships.

Phillip Craigmile, who studies biological sciences, was awarded the DAAD RISE Internship, and Timothy “Charlie” Murphy, who studies computer science, is a recipient of the Hollings Scholarship.

The DAAD Rise award allows for recipients to intern and participate in research in Germany. Craigmile will be interning with a doctoral student at the University of Duisberg-Essen in Essen, Germany.

“I will be working on a graduate student's research project,” Craigmile said. “The project is working on characterizing the mechanism that causes radioresistance in lung cancer. Essentially, we are trying to understand why radiotherapy is an ineffective treatment for some lung cancers.”

The experience will also allow him to take a German language course and explore southern and eastern Germany, Craigmile said.

“In addition to learning new laboratory techniques, I will learn a new language, a new culture, and hopefully more,” he said. “Ultimately, I want to be an oncologist that can relate with my patients, and by expanding my cultural and communicational skills, I will be much more prepared for this.”

The Hollings Scholarship offers recipients scholarship money to fund their undergraduate academic careers and an internship position during the summer at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility.

“The Hollings Scholarship offers the chance to work with skilled researchers and will be a great way to network with other high achieving STEM majors who will be interning at the same research institution,” Murphy said. “This will provide both practical experience in applying computer science to real world issues as well as chances to network with many new people.”

The scholarship will also help Murphy get into a more competitive computer science graduate program, he said.

“I’m really interested in doing research after I finish my education so working in a national laboratory will only help make this happen,” he said.