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Bowdoin Student Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Story posted May 02, 2000

Bowdoin junior Douglas L. Vail of Marlborough, Conn., has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Vail, a member of the class of í01, is one of 309 students awarded scholarships from among 1,176 nominations from fifty states and Puerto Rico.

Congress authorized the Goldwater scholarship program in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who had served his country for 56 years, including 30 years in the Senate. The goal of the scholarships is to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering, with the intention of alleviating the shortage of qualified professional in those fields.

Each year the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awards scholarships to exceptional students who have the potential for such careers. As a Goldwater Scholar, Vail will receive $7,500 towards tuition and fees.

Vail has a double major in Biochemistry and Computer Science. He is planning to pursue a doctorate in Computer Science, concentrating on artificial intelligence. He has been a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar and Book Award Winner and has been named to the Deanís List at Bowdoin.

Three other Bowdoin students were nominated for Goldwater scholarships: Laura J. DeVincentis, James W. Nachbaur and Erik D. Woodbury.

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