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Three UMD Students Earn Goldwater Scholarships

April 9, 2013

Beth Cavanaugh 301-405-4625

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Three University of Maryland students have been awarded scholarships by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which encourages students to pursue advanced study and careers in the sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Noah Roth MandellStephen RandallFang CaoUMD sophomores Fang Cao (left) and Stephen Randall (center), and junior Noah Roth Mandell (right) were among the 271 scholars selected from 1,107 students nominated this year.

Cao, a double major in neuroscience and computer science, is a member of the first cohort of the Integrated Life Sciences program in the Honors College. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Randall is a double major in physics and mathematics and plans to pursue a doctorate in theoretical physics. Mandell, a physics majors, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics.

"Maryland's winners already show distinguished achievement in academics and research. They join the ranks of 41 Goldwater winners from UMD since the program's creation – and a total of 14 winners in the last five years," said Robert L. Infantino, associate dean, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, and UMD's Goldwater faculty advisor. "These Goldwater alums have gone on to pursue doctorates at prestigious institutions such as CalTech, Cambridge, Oxford, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley, and Penn."

The Goldwater Scholarship program was created in 1986 to indentify students of outstanding ability and promise in science, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage their pursuit of advanced study and research careers. Colleges and universities can submit up to four nominations annually for these awards.

The University of Maryland has had a total of 44 Goldwater winners since the program's inception 27 years ago. UMD's prior Goldwater scholars and nominees have continued their impressive academic pursuits, including:

  • Three were 2013 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship winners
  • A 2013 Gates Cambridge Scholar
  • A Churchill Scholar at Cambridge University, now at UC Berkley to pursue a Ph.D. in engineering
  • A Clarendon Scholar pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Oxford University
  • And several pursuing medical and doctorate degrees at prestigious U.S. institutions

Goldwater scholars receive one- or two-year scholarships that cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. These scholarships are a stepping-stone to future support for their research careers. Goldwater scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowships and distinguished honors.