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Johnson Ho

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards: Goldwater Scholarship, 2011

Insight into Neuropsychiatry

Johnson Shiuan-Jiun Ho, of Macaulay Honors College at City College, is one of four CUNY juniors in 2011 to win highly competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, the premier federally funded undergraduate scholarship to encourage graduate study in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, established by Congress, awarded 275 scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year to U.S. sophomores and juniors. They were selected from a field of 1,095 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by their colleges and universities.

Virtually all intend to earn a PhD. The one- and two-year scholarships cover tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $7,500 a year. Many Goldwater Scholars have gone on to win prestigious post-graduate fellowships, including 77 Rhodes Scholarships (including four in 2011), 108 Marshall Awards and 98 Churchill Scholarships.

Majoring in biomedical engineering, Ho intends to improve clinical intervention in neuropsychiatric disorders. Since 2008, he has worked in Professor Marom Bikson's neural engineering laboratory. He is on a team that, in part, investigates mechanisms of electric field effects on synaptic plasticity in the rat motor cortex. He is named as a team member on two of Bikson's patent applications, one for a method of reducing discomfort during electrostimulation and the other for a method of neurocranial electrostimulation.