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WSU Undergraduate Education Distinguished Scholarships Program

Goldwater awards go to STEM students Goto, Gubsch, and Klappenbach

June 17, 2019

Media: April Seehafer, Distinguished Scholarships director, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239,

PULLMAN, Wash.—Two engineering and one science student at Washington State University have received prestigious, nationally competitive awards from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

The students are seniors Courtney Klappenbach, a genetics and cellular biology and microbiology double major, and Kristian Gubsch, a chemical engineering major; and, junior Daniel Goto, the only student at WSU with a double major in electrical engineering and materials science engineering.

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Junior Zachary Howard Receives Goldwater Scholarship for 2018-19

Goldwater 2018 winner Zachary Howard.

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program director, 509-335-8239,

Goldwater 2018 winner Zachary HowardPULLMAN, Wash.— Sammamish, Wash., native and Washington State University genetics and cell biology major Zachary Howard has received from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation a $7,500 distinguished scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year.

Goldwater scholarships are among the most prestigious, nationally competitive awards given to students nominated by their universities. Winners are from science, technology, and engineering (STEM) fields, are academically high achieving, and have experience in, and aspire to, a career in research. Since 1989, the program has provided to U.S. students more than 8,100 scholarships totaling $65 million dollars.

“This is a huge honor for me and WSU, but also a compliment that recognizes my hard work,” said Howard. “Especially since I know the competition was tough.”

Howard brings to 38 the total number of Goldwater awards received by WSU students.

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