Students in the College of Science have won the nation's most prestigious award for undergraduate research, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, almost every year since 2017. Science majors have won a total of 25 Goldwater scholarships — the most at Oregon State University to date. This year, once again, science and mathematics majors at Oregon State University have netted the competitive award for their academic prowess and scientific achievements.
Two students from the College of Science have been awarded the 2021 Goldwater awards. A total of four Oregon State University students were selected for the Goldwater scholarships this year. Emily Gemmill, a junior, and sophomore Alyssa Pratt in the College received the prestigious scholarship, which is the top undergraduate award in the country for sophomores and juniors in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Tegan Thurston and Cindy Wong, students in the College of Engineering, were also named Goldwater scholars. The recipients are selected on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and for demonstrating the potential to pursue research careers.
Gemmill is pursuing a double major in biochemistry and biophysics and mathematics, with a minor in chemistry and options in advanced biophysics and mathematical biology. Pratt, a second-year Honors student, is double majoring in computer science and biochemistry and molecular biology with a concentration in computational molecular biology. Both Goldwater scholars demonstrate high potential for scientific research careers and have engaged in meaningful and ambitious undergraduate research experiences at Oregon State.
Across the United States, 410 college students were selected for the Goldwater scholarships in 2021-2022 from a pool of 1256 college sophomores and juniors in the fields of natural science, engineering and mathematics. Oregon State University has the greatest number of Goldwater scholars in the state of Oregon this year, thus consolidating its status as the premier campus for STEM-oriented students.
The preeminent undergraduate award in the sciences, the Goldwater Scholarship Program was established in 1986 to honor former Arizona Senator Barry M. Goldwater, and is sponsored by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The award provides up to $7,500 per year for a maximum of two years covering undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and housing expenses.