Congratulations to Honors College students Erica Tracey and Brenna Norton-Baker on being named 2013 Goldwater Scholars. Brenna and Erica are two of only four Goldwater Scholars named in the state of South Carolina (Clemson and USC both received one each) and they were selected from a broad applicant pool of 1,107 applicants nation-wide. Erica plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Biological Neuroscience with the goal of conducting neurobiological research and teaching at the university level. Brenna Career plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Biochemistry with the goal of conducting research in medicinal chemistry, specifically investigating novel chemotherapies. This is a major honor for Brenna and Erica, and for the College as a whole. These awards reflect the high-quality mentorship and research opportunities available to College of Charleston students. Congratulations to Brenna and Erica on this rare achievement! Please read on for the official Goldwater press release.
The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,107 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred seventy-six of the Scholars are men, 95 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. Twenty-seven Scholars are mathematics majors, 159 are science and related majors, 71 are majoring in engineering, and 14 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.
Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 80 Rhodes Scholarships, 118 Marshall Awards, 110 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships.
The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on November 14, 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.
Since its first award in 1989, the Foundation has bestowed over 6,550 scholarships worth approximately 40 million dollars. The Trustees plan to award about three hundred scholarships for the 2014–2015 academic year.