Lukas Missik, a second-year student in the Gatton Academy from Danville, received a 2012 Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention. Missik, the son of Christine and John Missik, is in the second year of his current research project. He spends much of his time working with Dr. Dominic Lanphier, associate professor of mathematics. Missik’s research focuses on finding the probability of winning a round-based duel.
Western Kentucky University junior Clarice Esch, an agriculture major from Somerset, received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship to continue original agriculture research. Esch, the daughter of Joe and Carol Esch, graduated from the Gatton Academy in 2011. A previous recipient of the Greater Research Opportunity Fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency, she is conducting research to find alternative fertilizers to reduce the pollution associated with nitrogen-based products.