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The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to outstanding sophomores or juniors who are studying mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering and who intend to pursue a research career. The award provides up to $7,500 per year for a maximum of two years for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and housing expenses.
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship requires institutional nomination and endorsement. Please contact LeAnn Adam to discuss your interest in applying.
First Tuesday of September: online application opens; complete pre-application
October - December: Prepare application, consult with references, seek feedback from our office
December 18, 2020: OSU Campus deadline
January 6, 2021: References are due
January: OSU selects four nominees (OSU may nominate a fifth student if we select a transfer student); Nominations due from OSU to the Goldwater Foundation the last Friday in January
March: Scholars announced
OSU Coordinator for National and Global Scholarships Advising
How are students chosen? Are grades or other criteria more important?
The Goldwater Foundation looks for: 1. A strong commitment to a research career in STEM, 2. An effective display of intellectual intensity in STEM, and 3. A potential for a significant future contribution to research in their chosen field.
While grades are considered, the most important selection criteria is your demonstrated potential as a future STEM researcher.
What faculty-mentored research opportunities exist at OSU during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes that faculty-mentored research opportunities are limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have created a page on their website addressing “What research expectations will there be in the 2021 Goldwater scholarship competition?” See it here (scroll down): https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/
What is meant by institutional nomination and endorsement and how do you receive one?
For this scholarship, you will first submit your application internally to OSU through the National and Global Scholarships Advising office. Then, our office will coordinate a faculty committee who will read all OSU applications and select up to four (or five if one is a transfer student) to endorse. These candidates will then continue to compete on the national level.
To be eligible for the scholarship, is it required to participate in undergraduate research or just have plans for future collegiate and career research?
While it is not strictly required to have undergraduate research experience, competitive applicants are able to demonstrate their commitment to research and promise as future researchers through strong previous research experiences. Additionally, there are 3 letters of recommendation required for the Goldwater Scholarship that must be able to speak to your promise as a researcher. If you do not have any previous undergraduate research experience, it will be difficult to find three recommendation writers who can produce strong letters of recommendation.
Field of Study
|2021||Emily Gemmill||Biochemistry and Biophysics, Computational Biology||Goldwater Scholar|
|2021||Alyssa Pratt||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Computer Science||Goldwater Scholar|
|2021||Tegan Thurston||Bioengineering||Goldwater Scholar|
|2021||Cindy Wong||Chemical Engineering||Goldwater Scholar|
|2020||Yesh Godse||Computer Science||Goldwater Scholar|
|2020||Tucker Holstun||Chemical Engineering||Goldwater Scholar|
|2019||Ryan Tollefsen||Physics and Mathematics||Goldwater Scholar|
|2019||Kendra Jackson||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||Goldwater Scholar|
|2019||Isabella Karabinas||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Psychology||Goldwater Scholar|
|2019||Kyzer Gerez||Nuclear Engineering||Goldwater Scholar|
|2018||Delaney Smith||Biochemistry and Biophysics, Education||Goldwater Scholar|
|2018||Kendra Jackson||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||Honorable Mention|
|2017||Gregory "Mirek" Brandt||Physics and Mathematics||Goldwater Scholar|
|2017||True Gibson||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Goldwater Scholar|
Biochemistry and Biophysics,
|2016||Brian Josephson||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Honorable Mention|
|2016||Arianna Kahler-Quesada||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Honorable Mention|
|2016||Alden Moss||Bioengineering||Honorable Mention|
|2015||Miranda Raper||Bioengineering||Honorable Mention|
|2014||Emily Cade||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Honorable Mention|
|2013||Justin Zhang||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Goldwater Scholar|
|2013||Thomas Pitts||Mathematics||Goldwater Scholar|
|2013||Helen Hobbs||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Goldwater Scholar|
|2013||James Rekow||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Honorable Mention|
|2012||Annika Swanson||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Goldwater Scholar|
|2012||Alejandra Marquez Loza||Bioresource Research||Goldwater Scholar|
|2011||Ishan Patel||Bioengineering||Goldwater Scholar|
|2010||Caitlin Crimp||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Goldwater Scholar|
|2009||Elizabeth Dunfield||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Goldwater Scholar|
|2009||Charity Deatherage||Botany||Honorable Mention|
|2009||Nick Lowery||Bioengineering, Biochemistry||Honorable Mention|
|2009||Jenna Wilson||Bioengineering||Honorable Mention|
|2007||Noah Strycker||Fisheries Resources||Goldwater Scholar|
|2007||Katherine Bateman||Microbiology||Goldwater Scholar|
|2007||Tony Rianprakaisang||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Honorable Mention|
|2006||Taralyn Tan||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Goldwater Scholar|
|2006||Erin Reike||Bioengineering||Goldwater Scholar|
|2006||Anahita Fallahi||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Goldwater Scholar|
|2005||Edmond O'Donnell, III||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Goldwater Scholar|
|2004||Nancy Lee||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Goldwater Scholar|
|2004||Heather Bolstad||Biochemistry and Biophysics||Goldwater Scholar|
|2003||Mark Abel||Chemistry||Goldwater Scholar|
|2003||Natalie Biggs||Goldwater Scholar|
|2000||Thomas Young||Biology||Goldwater Scholar|
|1998||Laura Anderson||Goldwater Scholar|
|1996||Michael Anderson||Zoology||Goldwater Scholar|
|1996||Nancy Eldin||Chemical Engineering||Goldwater Scholar|
|1996||Aleta Groenig||Botany||Goldwater Scholar|
|1995||Sum Yee Lai||Chemistry||Goldwater Scholar|
|1995||Emily Ray||Goldwater Scholar|
|1994||Janelle Moore||Goldwater Scholar|
|1993||Nathan Dunfield||Mathematics||Goldwater Scholar|
|1991||Amy Kimzey||Goldwater Scholar|
|1991||Jennifer Sheperd||Goldwater Scholar|