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2 students receive scholarships totalling $ 7,500

April 29, 1997



By A. Latham Staples

Lariat Reporter

Two University students were recently selected to receive the 1997 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, worth $7,500 each. Lisa Olson, a Glendale, Ariz., junior, and Tashica Williams, a Killeen junior, were granted the award for excellence in the math and science fields.

After an extensive application process, including a 'six hundred word essay describing current research projects and future goals,' according to Williams, the Goldwater Scholars were nominated by faculty members on the basis of academic merit from a field of mathematics, science and engineering students.

The nominees, also including Carolyn Boesse, an El Paso junior, and Sarah Brosnan, a Vedra, Fla., senior, were then reviewed by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation located in Springfield, Va.

'I wanted to apply last year but the process was so complex and I ran out of time,' said Williams. 'This year Dr. Ann Rushing urged me to apply for the scholarship.'

The scholarship was designed to 'encourage outstanding students to strive for careers in the fields of mathematics, sciences and engineering,' said Ann Rushing, associate professor of biology.

According to the Goldwater Foundation, essentially all the recipients intend to obtain M.A.s and Ph.D.s.

'Hopefully I will be able to obtain my doctorate in Chemistry,' said Williams. 'I wish to work with polymers, the simplest explanation being those plastic caps on aspirin bottles.'

Established in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, the Goldwater Foundation awarded 282 scholarships for the 1997-98 academic year to undergraduate students from the United States. To date the Foundation has awarded about 22 million dollars.

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