Kent is a member of the Science and Technology Honors Program, Biomedical Engineering Honors Program, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta and Tau Beta Pi. She researches with Andrew Pollard, Ph.D., in the Cardiac Rhythm Management Laboratory, where she is trying to identify possible uses of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) in the fabrication and application of microelectrode arrays.
Kent's goal is to determine the smallest channel possible in which to push conductive material such as silver epoxy. Kent plans to earn an M.D., Ph.D. in obstetrics and gynecology and biomedical engineering, with a concentration in tissue engineering. She is the daughter of John Kent III and Barbara Kent.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. Goldwater Scholars are nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities and are selected on the basis of academic merit. One- and two-year Goldwater scholarships cover tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $7,500 per year.
In addition, the Goldwater foundation named Ethan Mallick Hossain of Gadsden, Ala., a 2011 Goldwater Scholar. Also receiving Honorable Mentions: Timothy Fernandez of Gadsden and Helen Lin of Birmingham.