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Three Students Win Goldwater Scholarships

Story posted May 05, 2004

Three Bowdoin students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

The Goldwater Scholarship, honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater, was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. It is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

Catherine Del Vecchio '05, Ian A. Morrison '05, and Laura J. Perovich '05 are among the 310 U.S. undergraduates to be awarded scholarships for the 2004-2005 academic year.

Del Vecchio is a biochemistry major from Holden, Maine. She is a two-time Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar, and has participated in crew and Nordic skiing. After Bowdoin, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry, and conduct research investigating the biochemical pathways involved in cancer.

Morrison, a physics major with a minor in English, is from Greenwood Village, Colorado. A Sarah and James Bowdoin Book Award winner and Scholar, his career plans are to earn a Ph.D. in theoretical physics/astrophysics, teach, and conduct research on gravitational waves, higher-dimensional gravity, and problems in cosmology.

Perovich, of Hanover, N.H., is a double major in mathematics and religion, with a minor in chemistry. A two-time Sarah and James Bowdoin scholar, she is also a captain of the Bowdoin softball team, and has participated in indoor and outdoor track. Her post-Bowdoin plans include earning a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, and teaching and conducting research at the university level.

To read more about Bowdoin's 2004 Goldwater scholars and their research interests, read the April 9, 2004 Bowdoin Orient article.

Goldwater Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,113 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

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