Wichitan wins Goldwater scholarship at Kansas State

Wichitan Angela Grommet, a junior in chemistry, is Kansas State University’s 68th Barry M. Goldwater scholar, university officials said..

K-State ranks first nationally among public schools in total Goldwater scholarships since the program began in 1989.

The scholarship is a national competition that provides up to $15,000 for two years of undergraduate study in mathematics, science or engineering. More than 1,100 students from across the nation were nominated, and 282 students were awarded the scholarship.

Grommet, who graduated from Andover High School, is working with Christer Aakeroy, professor of chemistry, to research the binding patterns of a group of chemical compounds called 2-aminopyrimidines, which are commonly found in pharmaceuticals and agriculture chemicals. Understanding how the molecules bind together could lead to improving the effectiveness of anti-cancer drugs and make them less taxing on other parts of the body. Grommet and Aakeroy recently published research results involving diclofenac — a painkiller used to relieve rheumatoid arthritis — in Pharmaceutics, an international peer-reviewed journal published by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.