Four Rice students win Goldwater Scholarships

Four Rice students win Goldwater Scholarships

BY DWIGHT DANIELS
Special to Rice News

Four Rice undergraduate students have been named recipients of prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships: Michael Eastwood, a sophomore physics major and computational and applied mathematics minor (CAAM); Tal Einav, a sophomore physics and mathematics double major; David Sing, a junior bioengineering major; and Cindy Sung, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering with a CAAM minor.

As a four-year institution, Rice is eligible to nominate four students for the scholarships, which support recipients with up to $7,500 annually for one or two years. This year all four Rice nominees were selected. They were among only 278 Goldwater recipients out of more than 1,100 applicants from across the nation in the disciplines of mathematics, science and engineering.

Each of the students plans to pursue graduate school and research. Eastwood’s career goal is to become a professor after earning a doctorate in particle physics. Einav will seek a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and plans to go into academia. Sing said he plans to pursue a joint program that will result in an M.D. and Ph.D. in bioengineering; he hopes to pursue a research career. Sung said she wants to do research in robotics while working toward a doctorate in mechanical engineering. She also hopes to teach at the university level.

Kellie Sims Butler, director of fellowships and undergraduate research, helped the students prepare the scholarship program applications.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency that honors the late Barry M. Goldwater, who represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate. The organization’s goal is to help outstanding students pursue research careers in mathematics, science and engineering.

– Dwight Daniels is a science writer for the George R. Brown School of Engineering.

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