Goldwater scholarships go to 4 sophomores

Arts & Sciences students made an impressive showing in their annual quest for prestigious national scholarships and fellowships, including four sophomores who have been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2004-05 academic year.

It’s the second time in the past three years that the University has had four Goldwater recipients.

The scholarship, which supports outstanding students pursuing careers in mathematics, science and engineering, covers up to $7,500 annually toward tuition, fees and books in their junior or senior year.

“It’s a mark of high distinction for one institution to have four Goldwater Scholars in a given year,” said Dirk M. Killen, Ph.D., assistant dean, academic coordinator and fellowships adviser in Arts & Sciences. “It’s even more unusual for all four winners to be sophomores.”

The University’s Goldwater winners are Kristin Bibee, biology major; Aaron Mertz, physics; Sonal Singhal, biology and anthropology; and James Wang, biology and neurobiology.

“The Goldwater is generally considered to be, if not the most prestigious, then certainly one of the most prestigious awards for undergraduates planning careers in the sciences, engineering or math,” Killen said.

The University has had 21 Goldwater Scholars since 1997.

Sophomore Matthew Klasen received an honorable mention from the Morris K. Udall Scholarship Foundation. Udall scholarships support students committed to environmental fields and Native American students with interest in healthcare and tribal policy.

Senior Jessica Johnson received an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, a competitive award that helps promising first-year doctoral students prepare for careers of teaching and scholarship in humanistic disciplines. It covers tuition and fees in first year of graduate study and includes a stipend of $17,500.

In November, Arts & Sciences seniors Bethany Ehlmann and Allison Gilmore were announced as Rhodes Scholars.

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