Two Colorado College juniors, Brooke Davis ’16 and Melissa Jay ’16, have been named Goldwater Scholars. The Scholarship Program, designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields and is highly competitive. The two Colorado College recipients were selected from a nationwide field of 1,206 mathematics, science, and engineering students.
Davis, an organismal biology and ecology major and film minor from Darien, Connecticut, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in behavioral ecology, possibly specializing in marine mammals. Davis currently is in Thailand where she just completed a documentary film about the impact of scuba divers on coral reefs, which was funded by a CC Venture Grant. The film is based on research she conducted while studying abroad in the Caribbean.
Jay, a math major from Sharon, Massachusetts, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biostatistics and work as the lead biostatistician on hearing and diabetes research grants. “Upon finishing graduate school, I hope to work in a biomedical research institution in collaboration with medical doctors and other scientists. I am interested in a career where I can critically and creatively construct and utilize statistical methodologies to solve complex problems while working closely with others,” she said.
A total of 260 scholarships were awarded for the 2015–16 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States. Of them, 145 are men and 115 are women. Thirty-four scholars are mathematics majors, 154 are science and related majors, 68 are majoring in engineering, and four are computer science majors.
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.
Goldwater Scholars have impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 86 Rhodes Scholarships, 123 Marshall Awards, 123 Churchill Scholarships, and numerous other distinguished fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships.
Since its first award in 1989, the foundation has bestowed 7,428 scholarships worth approximately $48 million. Approximately 200 scholarships will be awarded for the 2016–17 academic year.