Four Top Students Nominated for Goldwater Scholarship

Honors & Undergraduate Research has announced that four outstanding undergraduates have been selected as official University Nominees for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, to be awarded in early April. The nominees are Derek Allums, a junior Mathematics major, Christopher Benson, a junior Physics and Mechanical Engineering double-major, Matthew Grunewald, a junior Biochemistry and Genetics double-major, and David Mathai, a sophomore Biochemistry and Genetics double-major. Grunewald was named as an Honorable Mention in last year’s competition.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program is the United States’ premier undergraduate scholarship program for math, science, and engineering students. It recognizes approximately 300 students each year for their achievement and potential for significant contributions to their respective fields of research. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to an annual maximum of $7,500. Goldwater Scholars go on to prestigious research careers in math, science, and engineering, and many later win such prestigious awards as the Rhodes Scholarship and Marshall Scholarships, as well as fellowships from the Hertz or National Science Foundations.

Since 2000, Texas A&M has produced 21 Goldwater Scholars. In the 2010 competition, Molecular and Cell Biology major Ashwathi “Abbee” Mohan and Physics and Math major Tyler Behm were selected as Goldwater Scholars. Other recent notable Aggie Goldwater Scholars include Rhodes Scholarship finalist Andrew Matteson ’08, Hertz Foundation Fellow Luke Hunter ’08, and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipients Brian Sedio ’07 and Agustin Mohedas ‘07.

For more information, please contact Kyle Mox, National Fellowships Coordinator at 845-1957 or


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