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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Distinguished Scholarships Program

WSU Student Scientists Brewer, Grandi, and Negretti Win National Goldwater Awards

CONTACT: Mary Sanchez Lanier, WSU Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-7767,

MEDIA: Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679,

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University undergraduates Sarah Brewer, Fiorella Grandi, and Nick Negretti (pictured in that order below) are scientists who want to make the world a better place. To help with their education, they have received national awards from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

2013 Goldwater Awardees Brewer, Grandi, and Negretti

“All three WSU students were outstanding candidates for the Goldwater this year, and the fact that they won these scholarships is a strong testament to both their excellence and the excellence of the WSU programs of which they are a part,” said Mary Sanchez Lanier, WSU Goldwater faculty representative. She leads the team that reviews student applications and recommends up to four to be nominated each year by WSU to the Goldwater foundation. Assistant vice provost, associate dean of the University College and clinical associate professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB), she also serves on the panel that reviews Goldwater scholar applications nationally.

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Two WSU Undergraduates Land Prestigious 2012 Boren Awards to Study Abroad in China

MEDIA: Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679,

SOURCE: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarship Advising, 509-335-8239,

PULLMAN, Wash. – Two Washington State University undergraduates have been selected to receive the prestigious Boren Award for International Study. Only 161 applicants from a pool of 1,014 received the national scholarship, which provides $20,000 for one year.

Recipients of the award are Philip Pitts, a sophomore computer science and Chinese language and culture major and member of the Honors College at WSU, and Erika Cunningham, a senior mathematics and Chinese language and culture major. They plan to use their awards to study in China and gain mastery of Mandarin Chinese.

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WSU School of Molecular Biosciences Students Holly and Clark Win National Goldwater Awards

MEDIA: Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679,

MEDIA: Charlie Powell, Communications, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, 509-335-7073,

SOURCE: Mary Sanchez Lanier, University Liaison for Goldwater Fellows, and WSU Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-2320,

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University undergraduate students Mayumi Holly and Nicole Clark have won awards from Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, announces Mary Sanchez-Lanier, Goldwater faculty representative at WSU. Both students are seeking bachelor’s degrees from programs in the School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB), part of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“It’s a pleasure to work with WSU students as they seek the Goldwater awards,” says Sanchez-Lanier. “WSU places a strong emphasis on educating students in the STEM disciplines, and Goldwater applicants are top scholars who plan to seek graduate degrees and build careers in those fields.” STEM refers to “science, technology, engineering, and math.”

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WSU Tri-Cities Student Named a Goldwater Scholar

By Melissa O’Neil Perdue, WSU Tri-Cities

Originally published in the WSU News Archive.

Video by Matthew Haugen, WSU News Service

RICHLAND – A WSU Tri-Cities student and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory intern earned the national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Kristen Meyer, a science major specializing in chemistry, received the award based on her research with fungi and how her undergraduate work will support her long-term commitment to biomedical research and the development of novel organic compounds including antibiotics.

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Students receive prestigious Goldwater scholarships

Originally published in the WSU News Archive.

Contact: Evan Epstein, Communications Coordinator, WSU College of Engineering and Architecture, 509-335-4823,

PULLMAN – Two students in the College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University recently received Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships for the next academic year.

The Scholarship is widely considered the most prestigious award in the U.S. conferred upon undergraduates studying the sciences. It is awarded to about 300 college sophomores and juniors nationwide in the amount of $7,500 per academic year for their senior year, or junior and senior years.

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