Students awarded Goldwater Scholarships


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President James P. Clements stands with the four Goldwater scholars: Austin Herbst (left), Kaylee Kotwis, Clements, Jennifer Wilson and Emily Thompson.

CLEMSON — All four of the Clemson nominees for the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering received the award this year.

Three are students in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. The fourth student is in the College of Engineering and Science.

They are:

• Austin Herbst of Easley, a junior in the department of biochemistry and genetics. She has done research in the labs of Michael Sehorn and Frank Alexis at Clemson and Eric Ortlund at Emory University.

• Kaylee Kotwis from Canal Winchester, Ohio, is a junior majoring in biochemistry. At Clemson she has done research in Julia Frugoli’s lab, and she has also worked with Jeff Bartolin at DuPont and Elena Shpak at the University of Tennessee.

• Jennifer Wilson of Charlotte, North Carolina, is a junior studying plant and environmental sciences. She has worked with Hong Luo, Jeremy Tzeng and Paula Agudelo at Clemson and with Sona Pandey at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

• Emily Thompson from Rochester, New York, is a junior in physics. At Clemson, Emily has done research with Jian He. She also worked with Nicholas Bigelow at the University of Rochester and Patrick Sutton at Cardiff University.

Goldwater Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,206 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

Goldwater Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, room and board, fees and books up to a maximum of $7,500 per academic year. The federally endowed scholarship program aims to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on Nov. 14, 1986. The scholarship program honoring Sen. Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. Since its first award in 1989, the foundation has bestowed 7,428 scholarships worth approximately $48 million. The trustees plan to award about 200 scholarships for the 2016–2017 academic year.

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