Story posted April 27, 2010
Molly Kwiatkowski '11 and Sharon Ulery '11 have been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship was authorized by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. 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 scholarship program is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering. Barry M. Goldwater Scholars are students who intend to pursue careers in those fields and are recognized as having outstanding potential.
Kwiatkowski, of Camden, Maine, is a neuroscience and Spanish major with plans to pursue a doctorate in neuroscience. She says she'd like to conduct research on Alzheimer's disease in order to develop potential therapeutic strategies.
Ulery, a mathematics major from Durham, Conn., plans to pursue a Ph.D. and says her goals are to conduct research in number theory with applications to cryptography and teach at the university level.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awarded 278 scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the U.S.
The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,111 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.
One hundred fifty-six of the Scholars are men, 122 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective.
Seventeen Scholars are mathematics majors, 199 are science and related majors, 53 are majoring in engineering, and nine are computer science majors. Many of the Scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering, and computer disciplines.
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.
In its 24-year history, the Foundation has awarded 6,079 scholarships worth approximately $58 million.