|Initial Bowdoin Deadline:||November 15, 2013 (noon)|
|Final Bowdoin Deadline:||January 27, 2014 (noon)
|Campus Contact:||Cindy Stocks, Director of Student Fellowships and Research|
* Information derived from www.act.org/goldwater
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue academic or research careers in these fields. It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees, and nearly all Goldwater Scholars intend to pursue doctoral degrees. In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice.
Each year, the Trustees receive approximately 1,200 applications and in late March award approximately 300 Goldwater Scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Barry M. Goldwater Scholars.
Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support. Scholars may opt to study abroad, but their Goldwater funding will be based on their U.S. institution’s budget.
Bowdoin’s Internal Selection Process. Since Bowdoin is allowed to nominate only four students annually for the Goldwater, the Committee will review the materials listed below to select Bowdoin’s four nominees. Please submit the following materials to the Office Student Fellowships and Research by the “Initial Bowdoin Deadline” (see above):
Materials for the Final Application. If you receive Bowdoin’s nomination, it is your responsibility to continue revising and collecting your materials and to remind your recommenders of all relevant deadlines. By the "Final Bowdoin Deadline," a Bowdoin nominee must:
More about the selection process. An independent review committee appointed by the Foundation will evaluate all valid nominations and recommend the most outstanding nominees from each state for consideration by the Foundation Board of Trustees. Nominees are evaluated on demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and outstanding academic performance. All nominees and will be notified of their final status by the end of March.
Ellis Ratner '14
A computer science and physics major with a mathematics minor, Ellis is primarily interested in robotics and artificial intelligence, focusing on localization, mapping, and planning algorithms for autonomous robots. He has spent the past three summers conducting research and developing robotic systems. He is a member of Bowdoin’s RoboCup (robotic soccer) team, the Northern Bites, and plans on attending graduate school in robotics and artificial intelligence and continuing research in this area. (Read More)
Alexander Williams '12
A neuroscience major and computer science minor, Alex plans to pursue a Ph.D. in computational/theoretical neuroscience after graduating from Bowdoin. He is principally interested in understanding the physiological basis for neuronal computation, plasticity, and modulation – all of which form the basic building blocks of human behavior. Alex developed this interest while conducting research at Brandeis University in the summer of 2010. He continued this research at Bowdoin during the summer of 2011 and throughout the academic year as a Beckman Scholar. (Read more)
For a comprehensive list of Bowdoin fellowships winners, click here.