Four St. Thomas students nominated for Barry M. Goldwater scholarships

Four students have been nominated to represent St. Thomas in national competition for the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater scholarships in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.

Nominated students and their essay titles are:

  • Matthew Gorman, junior, biology major: “Fish Communities Versus Watershed Use as Drivers of Algal Abundance in Shallow Lakes ”
  • Christian Lytle, sophomore, physics and mathematics majors: “Multiple-Plane Gravitational Lensing and the Galaxy-Quasar Cross-Correlation Discrepancy
  • Austin Nelson, junior, physics and electrical engineering majors: “Low-Cost Wind Turbine Development: Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World”
  • Tyler Winkelman, junior, chemistry major: “Synthesis and Testing of Novel Oxazolidinone Antimicrobials”

The nominees were selected by the Goldwater Scholarship Committee, which consists of faculty from departments in the Division of Sciences and Mathematics.

Established by Congress in 1986, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation operates an educational scholarship program designed to provide opportunities for outstanding U.S. students with excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering careers. More than 300 scholarships are awarded nationally each year. The scholarships cover eligible expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. A national committee will select and announce the winners in April.

Dr. Charlotte Ovechka is UST’s Goldwater faculty representative.