Four NC State Undergraduates Recognized by Goldwater Foundation
Four NC State students were recently recognized by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Connor McKenney, a junior majoring in genetics and minoring in statistics and biotechnology was selected as a Goldwater Scholar. Three others, Evan Brooks, a junior majoring in biological sciences with minors in genetics and Spanish, Samuel Fedeler, a junior double-majoring in physics and computer science, and Richard “Drew” Marshburn, a sophomore majoring in computer science, were recognized as Honorable Mention recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarships.
The prestigious one- and two-year Goldwater Scholarship is distributed by The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which was established by Congress in 1986. It includes up to $7,500 annually in eligible education expenses for college sophomores and juniors currently studying the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering who have potential to conduct research and plan to pursue research careers in those same fields.
This is the first time since 2012 that all four of the students NC State is allowed to nominate were recognized at the national level by the Foundation. Selections were based on academic merit and made from an applicant pool of 1,286 students with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency; 240 students received scholarships and 307 were highlighted with an honorable mention.
NC State students applied for campus nomination through the Fellowship Advising Office and were selected by the Goldwater Scholarship campus selection committee: Larry Blanton, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology; Lisa Bullard, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Kenan Gundogdu, Department of Physics; Jim Knopp, Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry; and Sandy Paur, Department of Mathematics.
“Our office is so pleased for all of these hard-working, curious, and intelligent students,” said Tiffany Kershner, adjunct teaching assistant professor of anthropology and director of the Fellowship Advising Office (FAO). “The Goldwater Scholarship is one of the premier undergraduate awards of its type, and this recognition can help propel dedicated young minds to new heights.”
The Fellowship Advising Office helps NC State’s undergraduate students, graduate students, and alums learn of and apply for nationally competitive and prestigious awards. These awards fund a wide range of opportunities, and many are connected to undergraduate and graduate degree programs or internships, overseas opportunities, and independent projects.
For more information about this year’s Goldwater recipients, click here.
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