EOSC Student Receives Prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship

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Monday, May 20, 2019

USD’s Department of Environmental and Ocean Sciences is proud to announce Elizabeth Bushnell, a junior in the environmental and ocean sciences major,  was recently selected as a 2019 Barry Goldwater Scholar. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the fields of natural sciences, mathematics and engineering in the United States.

Over its 30-year history, Goldwater Scholarships have been awarded to thousands of undergraduates, many of whom have gone on to win other prestigious awards like the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship, Rhodes Scholarship, Churchill Scholarship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship that support our scholars’ graduate school work. Today, Goldwater alumni can be found conducting research that is helping defend the nation, finding cures for catastrophic diseases and teaching future generations of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

By providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, the Goldwater Foundation is helping ensure that the United States produces the number of highly-qualified professionals the nation needs in these critical fields.

Hear what Elizabeth had to say about being chosen as a 2019 Barry Goldwater Scholar.

1.  Why did you apply for the Goldwater Scholarship?

I applied for this award at the recommendation of my mentor, associate professor, Dr. Nathalie Reyns. I did it largely because scholarships are free tuition money, if you put in the effort! And I fit what they were looking for as a candidate.

2.  What does receiving this award mean to you?

Receiving this award is huge, not only for my resume and CV, but also as an affirmation of my ability as a scientist in a field that hasn’t really been as open to people with disabilities.

3.  What area of research are you involved in?

I’m involved in research at USD with Dr. Reyns. I work on cultivating the local barnacle species under projected climate change conditions in an aim to better understand the impacts of anthropogenic climate change on intertidal ecosystems.

4.  What are your postgraduate/career aspirations?

My career goals are to eventually get a doctorate in intertidal marine ecology. Eventually, I’d like to do research and some teaching at a university level. I’m currently researching graduate programs and I also plan on applying for the Peace Corps in the fall for a position that leaves after I finish my bachelor’s degree. Should I be accepted, I plan on doing that as a gap before I attend graduate school.

Elizabeth holds a start fish

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