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Barlow Trophy Winner Combines Interests in Science, Dance

Cameron Spitzfaden has helped design a robotic prosthetic hand, resolve student technology issues and promote the study of dance.

<em>President Jeff Abernathy presents the Barlow Trophy to Cameron Spitzfaden.</em>President Jeff Abernathy presents the Barlow Trophy to Cameron Spitzfaden.Cameron Spitzfaden of Charlotte is the 2017 recipient of the Barlow Trophy, Alma College’s most prestigious award for a graduating senior.

The award, which is voted on by Student Congress and faculty members, is presented to a graduating student in the top 10 percent of the senior class who has made incredible contributions to both the campus and the community.

Spitzfaden has balanced interests in science research with student employment responsibilities, residence life leadership and performance in the arts. He is a double major in physics and mathematics with a minor in theatre and dance.

He has pursued multiple opportunities to conduct research during his four years at Alma. Working alongside faculty sponsors, he helped design and fabricate a robotic prosthetic hand. He studied biomolecular sensing during a summer research project at the University of Kentucky. His senior research focused on computer simulations of prion misfolding in mad-cow disease.

To help cover his educational experiences, Spitzfaden selected on-campus jobs that directly impacted the campus community. He served as a residence hall assistant, tutored other students in physics and chemistry, and resolved student technology issues for the Information Technology Services department.

He also regularly contributed to the artistic vibrancy of Alma’s campus, performing multiple times each year as a member of the Alma College Dance Department. He holds a leadership role in Pi Delta Chi, the dance honorary that promotes the study of dance to the campus and community through workshops and performances.

A graduate of Charlotte High School, he is the son of Erica and Laura Spitzfaden.

Story published on April 07, 2017