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Kimberly Truong

College of Science student selected as Goldwater Scholar

By Steve Lundeberg

A third-year mathematics student has been named a 2023 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Kimberly Truong of Portland, who attended Reynolds High School in Troutdale and is a student in OSU’s colleges of Engineering and Science, is OSU’s 18th Goldwater Scholar in the past decade, 13 of whom have come in the last five years. She is Oregon State’s 45th honoree overall since the program’s 1986 inception.

Truong is part of the Oregon State University Honors College and is double majoring in computer science and mathematics. She is one of 413 Goldwater Scholars selected from more than 1,200 students nominated by 427 academic institutions in the United States.

Sophomores and juniors studying natural science, engineering or mathematics are eligible for the scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship is the top undergraduate award in the majors it covers, said LeAnn Adam, OSU’s Goldwater campus representative, and applicants must be planning a career in research.

Each recipient receives a maximum of $7,500 to use for any part of tuition, fees, books, and room and board for the 2023-24 school year not covered through support from other sources.

Truong intends to obtain a Ph.D. in machine learning and pursue a university faculty position that will allow her to conduct research at the intersection of machine learning and software engineering.

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