Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research.

General Guidelines

The Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, in the spring of 2004 for use during the 2004-2005 academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students -- those who will be college juniors and those who will be college seniors in the 2004-2005 academic year -- who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class during the 2003-2004 academic year. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official nomination materials provided to each institution.

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support. The Trustees intend to award up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships.

Conditions of Eligibility

To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, a student must:

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the 2003-2004 academic year. Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
  • Be a United States citizen, a resident alien, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national

Nomination Deadline

Institutions must submit complete nominations for Goldwater Scholarships to be received by early February.

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Goldwater Scholarship Winners

2014 Goldwater Scholarship Winner: Dan Partynski is from Homer Glen, a small town in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He came to the University of San Diego to pursue a degree in Computer Science, but since then added Mathematics as a second major. Dan’s research is in the area of mathematical optimization, and he would like to use the knowledge that he gained to help tackle some of the difficult problems in artificial intelligence. Dan’s goal in graduate school is to build systems that can better understand human language, which is an interdisciplinary challenge that requires advances in optimization, artificial intelligence, and computational linguistics.

2013 Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention: Theresa Chadwick is a senior at the University of San Diego, studying Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. Currently, Theresa is doing research in bio-statistics with another undergraduate student. They are developing an automated, objective method to find and evaluate the existence of change in data pertaining to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Theresa will be attending graduate school at San Diego State University in Fall 2014 to obtain a PhD in Computational Science with an emphasis in Statistics.

2012 Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention: William Tressel was a mathematics major at the University of San Diego. He studied the conservation status of animals and plants from the statistical point of view. He used mathematics, particularly statistics, to answer a question whether a plant or animal species has gone extinct. William graduated in the spring of 2013. He is currently a PhD student at the highly ranked biostatistics program at the University of Washington.