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(April 3, 2023) Kimberly Truong, an Oregon State University Honors junior majoring in Computer Science and Math has been named a 2023 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The Scholarship program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. The Goldwater Scholarship is the preeminent undergraduate award of its type in these fields.
Kimberly’s career goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Machine Learning and conduct research on the intersection of machine learning and software engineering while teaching at the university level. She has been mentored by Dr. Weng-Keen Wong at Oregon State University and and Dr. Bogdan Vasilescu and Dr. Christian Kästner from Carnegie Mellon University.
The OSU nomination committee includes faculty from the Colleges of Science and Engineering: Dr. Skip Rochefort and Dr. Kelsey Stoerzinger from Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering; Dr. Kevin Gable and Dr. Louis Wojcinski from Chemistry; Dr. Kari Van Zee, Dr. Nathan Mortimer, and Dr. Juan Vanegas from Biochemistry and Biophysics; and Dr. David Hendrix from Biochemistry and Biophysics and Computer Science. Student advising and nominations were coordinated by LeAnn Adam, Director and Becca Otto, Coordinator from OSU National and Global Scholarships Advising.
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate.
From an estimated pool of over 5,000 college sophomores and juniors, 1267 natural science, engineering and mathematics students were nominated by 427 academic institutions to compete for the 2023 Goldwater scholarships. Virtually all Goldwater scholars intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their highest degree objective. Just forty-eight of the 413 Goldwater scholars are mathematics and computer science majors (308 are majoring in the natural sciences, and 57 are majoring in engineering). Many of the Scholars have published their research in leading professional journals and have presented their work at professional society conferences.
With its strength in undergraduate research, Oregon State University has a strong history of Goldwater scholars with 44 receiving the honor since 1991.
The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on November 14, 1986.