Honors & Undergraduate Research has announced that junior Matthew Grunewald has been selected as a 2011-2012 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.
The Goldwater Scholarship is the United States’ premier undergraduate award for the fields of math, science, and engineering. In this year’s competition, 275 sophomores and juniors were selected as Goldwater Scholars on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,095 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.
A Genetics and Biochemistry double-major from Madison, Mississippi, Grunewald’s research interests are genomic engineering, specifically as applied to treatment of genetic disorders. A University Scholar and an Honors Research Fellow, he was also recently selected to participate in the German government’s DAAD-RISE program, through which he conducted research on adult stem cells in Germany in the summer of 2010. Grunewald is also one of two University nominees for the Astronaut Foundation Scholarship. He intends to pursue an M.D. /Ph.D. degree in cell and molecular biology and later conduct research in gene therapy and immunology.
Goldwater Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. and pursue research careers. The one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
To date, 38 Texas A&M University students have been honored as Goldwater Scholars. Recent Aggie Goldwater Scholars include Tyler Behm (PHYS & MATH), Abbee Mohan (BMCB), Joel Turtle (MEEN), and Robert E. Rogers (CHEN). Other notable Texas A&M Goldwater Scholars include Rhodes Scholarship finalist Andrew Matteson ’08, Hertz Foundation Fellow Luke Hunter ’08, and Rhodes Scholar Nick Anthis ’05.
To apply for the Goldwater Scholarship, students must first be nominated by the University. For further information on the nomination procedure, visit the Honors & Undergraduate Research website or contact Kyle Mox, National Fellowships Coordinator, at 845-1957 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.