2023 Goldwater Scholar – Yu Tin Lin

Yu Tin Lin, a Chemistry and Biology double major at the University of Florida, has been awarded a 2023 Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Lin was one of 413 college sophomores and juniors selected nationwide in natural science, engineering, and mathematics as a Goldwater Scholar. The Scholarship Program honoring the late Senator Barry Goldwater is designed to encourage outstanding students who plan to pursue research careers in STEM and is considered the preeminent undergraduate award in these fields.

Lin is an undergraduate research student in Prof. Boone Prentice’s lab in the Department of Chemistry. Lin’s research focuses on developing spatial metabolomics strategies to investigate sepsis using imaging mass spectrometry as well as building data analysis pipelines using novel normalization and unsupervised machine learning algorithms. These projects in the Prentice Lab are carried out in collaboration with Prof. Ramon Miranda Quintana, also in the Department of Chemistry, and Prof. Peter Stacpoole in the College of Medicine.

Goldwater Scholars have gone on to win a wide variety of prestigious graduate fellowships, including NSF, DOE, and National Defense Graduate Fellowships, Rhodes Scholarships, and Hertz Fellowships. The University of Florida had one student recognized as a Goldwater Scholar in 2022 (Emily Pallack, a microbiology major in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering) and one student recognized in 2021 (Muhammad Abdulla, a mathematics major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). Following graduation, Lin plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry focusing in multi-omics technologies.

Congratulations Yu Tin Lin!