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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships

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“Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences… My faith in the future rests squarely on the belief that man, if he doesn’t first destroy himself, will find new answers in the universe, new technologies, new disciplines, which will contribute to a vastly different and better world in the twenty-first century… To my mind the single essential element on which all discoveries will be dependent is human freedom.”

Barry M. Goldwater, United States Senator from Arizona

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EligibilityPreparationApplication ProcessPast Recipients

Description

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship offers one- and two-year awards to college juniors and seniors who intend to pursue careers in math, the natural sciences, or engineering. Awards range up to a maximum of $7,500 annually, covering eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

Eligibility

NOTE: WSU will nominate students following the WSU review process. Students may not apply directly to the Goldwater Foundation.

For detailed eligibility requirements, please see the Goldwater webpage. In general, students should:

  1. Be a United States citizen, a permanent resident, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national.
  2. Have a college grade-point average of at least “B” (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
  3. Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior during academic year of application (defined as two years or one year of undergraduate study remaining after application year).
  4. Intend to pursue a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

At Washington State University, competitive students generally have high grade point averages (typically >3.8) and research experience. The research experience most often includes at least one of the following: some experience outside of WSU, presentations locally and nationally, publications, or other evidence of effective work. Most students will be seeking a Ph.D., but other terminal degrees such as MD/Ph.D., DVM/Ph.D., etc may also qualify if the program is tied to long term research interests.

Deadline

The WSU internal deadline is December 1.

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Preparation

To prepare to submit an application, students should:

  1. Carefully review the goals and criteria of the Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.
  2. You will need three letters of recommendation. These will be from individuals who are familiar with your potential as a future leader in science, math, and engineering research. All of your references must be scientists or engineers. Cultivate relationships with faculty and other scientists and engineers so that they can get to know you.
  3. Plan on a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
  4. Engage in undergraduate research at the earliest possible time. (Your first year at WSU is not too early!) To learn more about undergraduate research go to the website for Office of Undergraduate Research. You may also take advantage of their undergraduate research peer mentoring program to discuss the research process with a mentor who is an expert in undergraduate research.
  5. Seek every opportunity to present or publish your research, or in some way expand your research portfolio. Present every spring at SURCA. Apply for summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs or other competitive summer research programs.
  6. Maintain a high GPA (see above), particularly in your major.
  7. Consider enrolling in Univ 303, Composing and Evaluation Strategies, to prepare for writing a personal statement.
  8. Attend a WSU Goldwater workshop as well as other workshops provided by the Distinguished Scholarships program.
  9. Schedule a meeting with the Director of Distinguished Scholarships program.

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Application Process:
Multiple Steps with Deadlines over Several Months

Applying for a Goldwater Scholarship is a process. Throughout, you will gain valuable insights into your strengths and goals. The WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program will provide you support throughout the process.

  • Step One: Complete the pre-application.

    Deadline: October 1

    1. Attend the Workshop: You must attend a WSU Goldwater workshop.
    2. Register: Go to the Goldwater website and open an account by going to “Apply now” at the top of the page. You will need to provide your name and email address and you will be asked to select a user name and password.
    3. Verify your email: You will receive an email from Goldwater@scholarshipamerica.org. You will be required to access the link provided in the email. You will then enter the email attached to your Goldwater account. You can now log into your account to complete your student profile.
    4. Student profile: You will be asked to complete your student profile. After completing the student profile you will be able to access the student overview page and you will be able to complete your pre-application.
    5. Pre-application: From the student overview page access the PRE-Application. Complete the information requested on this page. The information can be saved and returned to at a later time. The final step is “Complete and Lock”. After selecting this option you will no longer be able to return to the pre-application. IMPORTANT: Your pre-application must be approved by the Distinguished Scholarships Program personnel before you are able to complete the full application.
    6. You will receive an email from the campus representative indicating whether or not you can continue the full application process.
  • Step Two: Select your references.

    Deadline: October 15

    1. After your pre-application has been approved, schedule a meeting with either the Goldwater faculty representative or the Director of Distinguished Scholarships to discuss your application, and in particular, your reference choices. This must occur prior to October 15.
    2. Information on references is available on the Distinguished Scholarships website and on the Goldwater website under “Faculty Recommenders”
    3. Letters of Recommendation: Request letters of recommendation from your references. Completed letters should be sent as an email attachment to DistinguishedScholarships@wsu.edu with “Goldwater: your name” written in the subject line. Reference letters must be sent by December 1.
  • Step Three: Transcripts.

    Deadline: December 1

    1. Request Transcripts: Request official transcripts form all post-secondary institutions with the exception of WSU and deliver them to the Distinguished Scholarships Program office, CUE 519. Write your name on the envelope and “Goldwater”.
    2. Obtain an unofficial transcript from WSU and email it to DistinguishedScholarships@wsu.edu with “Goldwater: your name” in the subject line.
  • Step Four: Complete the application.

    Deadline: December 1

    1. Application: After approval of your pre-application the student overview page in your account will now allow you to access the full application. Complete this application.
    2. Research essay: Write your research essay following the page, font, and margin instructions on the Goldwater website. Upload your research essay by the December 1 deadline.
    3. Permanent resident: If your citizenship status is Permanent Resident, you are required to provide a copy of your permanent resident card and a letter of intent to become a U.S. Citizen. These two documents will need to be uploaded by you to the Goldwater website.
    4. Meet the internal deadline: The internal deadline for completion of the application is December 1, or, if December 1 falls on a weekend, the Monday immediately following.
  • Step Five: Committee selects WSU Goldwater nominees.

    Check your email for the results of the committee evaluation (late December).

    1. Application will be evaluated: Applications will be evaluated by the WSU Barry Goldwater Selection Committee (web site?). Applicants will be notified in late December as to the outcome of their applications. Up to 4 students will be nominated by WSU. Applications will be evaluated based on the following selection criteria:
      1. Academic Achievement (grades, level of courses, awards, scholarships)
      2. Progress toward research goals (research activities, career goals, course work, presentations and publications)
      3. Research Essay (technical content, organization, grammar, references, research proposed)
      4. Letters of recommendation (commitment to research, intellectual curiosity, potential for research contributions)
    2. Wait to be notified: All students will be notified as to the outcome of the committee evaluation process. If your application was selected to compete for the Goldwater Scholarship you should continue to step six below. If your application was not selected and you are a sophomore than you are encouraged to apply again.
    3. All applicants invited: All applicants and their references will be guests at an invitation-only Distinguished Scholarship Applicants Reception event in March that is held in the Distinguished Scholars Gallery.
  • Step Six: WSU Goldwater nominees revise and submit their application.

    Deadline: middle of January

    1. Revise your application: WSU nominees will have the opportunity to revise their applications and research essay based on feedback from the selection committee and other faculty.
    2. Finalize your Research Essay: All changes to the research essay should be completed 7-10 days prior to the Barry Goldwater Foundation deadline and uploaded to the website.
    3. Finalize your application: All changes to the application should be completed 7-10 days prior to the Barry Goldwater Foundation deadline and uploaded to the website.
    4. Your references and transcripts will be uploaded by the director of Distinguished Scholarships.
    5. Await Notification: Goldwater Scholars and Honorable Mentions are typically notified in April. Scholars and Honorable Mentions should contact the Distinguished Scholarships office to have their photo taken.
    6. The names of Goldwater Scholars and Honorable Mention winners from WSU will be listed on the Program’s website and in permanent displays at the Distinguished Scholars Gallery in the Compton Union Building (CUB) on the Pullman campus.
    7. The entire university community is invited to the Distinguished Scholars Celebration! event in October. Goldwater Scholars and Honorable Mention winners will be recognized and given a unique WSU Distinguished Scholar pin.

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Past WSU Recipients

Prior Cougar recipients of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship have included:

2017:

2016:

2015:

2013:

2012:

2011:

  • (Honorable Mention) Ross Rowsey (Genetics and Cell Biology, Biotechnology, & Biochemistry)
  • (Honorable Mention) Ian Linde (Biochemistry, Philosophy)
  • (Honorable Mention) Melissa Jean Street (Mechical Engineering, Spanish)

2010:

2009:

2008:

  • (Honorable Mention) Kole David Meeker (Neurosciences)

2006:

  • (Honorable Mention) Stephanie Tintinger (Biochemistry, Genetics and Cell Biology)

2002:

  • Timothy R. O’Connor (Computer Science)

2000:

  • Marlene Bakko (Animal Sciences)
  • Sarah Herbison (Chemistry)

1999:

  • Catherine Ratliff (Biochemistry)
  • Stephanie Gantt (Biochemistry)

1997:

  • Arthur Binner (Physics)
  • Nathaniel Hicks (Physics)

1996:

  • Jennifer Parish (Biochemistry)
  • Julia Plummer (Physics)

1995:

  • Julie Grandzielwski (Chemical Engineering)

1992:

  • Doug Davies (Biochemistry)
  • Kimberly Melde (Biochemistry)

1991:

  • Kathy (Diestler) Baldwin (Geology)

1990:

  • Kevin Keatts (Geology)