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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Summary of Award

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. About 300 are awarded annually by the federally endowed Goldwater Foundation.


Maximum of $7,500 annually for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.  Junior scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support.  Senior scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support.  Monies not used during one academic year are not transferrable to the succeeding academic year.


  • Major: Science, mathematics, and engineering majors with research experience. (Includes medical research)
  • GPA: 3.70 or above.


Honors Program Director

Application Process

  • On-line Application
  • 3 page Research Essay 
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • High school/college transcripts

See scholarship website for due date of application and supporting documents.

Link to Scholarship Homepage 

Clarkson's Goldwater Scholars

This year, 2017, is the 17th consecutive year that Clarkson Honors Program students have received Goldwater Scholarships. Including this year’s scholar, 35 Clarkson University students have received this highly coveted award since the scholarships were established in 1986 and ten have received Honorable Mention since this recognition was introduced in 2006.

No college or university in New York has had more Goldwater Scholars in the past three years than Clarkson University. Of more than 4,000 institutions nationwide, Clarkson is in the top one percent for the number of Goldwater Scholars in the past five years.    

Kaitlyn Dunn '17, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Xulan Deng '18, Biomolecular Science and Chemistry
Louis DeRidder '18, Chemical Engineering (Honorable Mention)

Michael Lee '16, Aeronautical Engineering, PhD Aeronautical Engineering, Duke University
Brittany Snyder ’16, Biomolecular Science (Honorable Mention), PhD Biochemistry, Duke University
Tyler Hitchman ‘16, Biomolecular Science (Honorable Mention), PhD Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Kaitlin Dunn '17, Physics and Electrical Engineering (Honorable Mention)

Ruisheng Wang, Mechanical Engineering, PhD Bioengineering, Cornell University
Mason Sutorius, Mechanical Engineering (Honorable Mention), PhD Robotics, University of Michigan
Jeffrey Smith, Physics & Math (Honorable Mention), PhD Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Yarong Lin, Chemical Engineering/Applied Math & Statistics, PhD Columbia University
Pinguang Yang, Biomolecular Sciences/Applied Math & Statistics, MD/PhD Hofsra Medical School
Kyle Hancock, Chemical Engineering (Honorable Mention), Process Technician, Tokyo Electron

Martin LaFleur, Biomolecular Sciences, PhD  Harvard
Nicholas Restaino, Chemical Engineering, PhD University of Pennsylvania

Devon Jedamski, Aeronautical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering, PhD Aerospace Engineering, MIT
Jeevaka Somaratna, Civil Engineering/Mechanical Engineering, ME University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne
Guangtao Zhang, Mechanical Engineering/Applied Math and Statistics, PhD MIT
Kenneth Yancey, Chemistry, PhD Chemistry, Cornell University (Honorable Mention)

Katelynn Wilton, Computer Science/Biology/Premed, MD/PhD Mayo Medical School
Tyler Martin, Chemical Engineering, PhD University of Colorado-Boulder (Honorable Mention)

Eleanor Davis, Applied Math/Statistics, University of Texas
Kelsie Timbie, Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia
Andrew Davis, Applied Math/Statistics, MIT (Honorable Mention)

Ryan Watkins, Aeronautical Engineering, University of Michigan
Sayuri Yapa, Mechanical Engineering, PhD Stanford University

Jeffrey Ward, Math/Computer Science, National Security Administration

Samuel Gorton, Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. University of Vermont
Niall Mangan, Biology/Physics, Ph.D. Harvard University
Christy Petruczok, Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. MIT

Andrew Bingham, Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering, Jet Propulsion Lab
Norman Marshall, Chemistry, PhD University of Chicago

Keith Jackson, Aeronautical Engineering, Raytheon

Nadeeka Yapa, Electrical Engineering, Raytheon
Ryan Turner, Chemical Engineering, PhD Cal Tech

Thomas Hooper, Mechanical Engineering, Knolls Atomic Power Labs

Kirsten Griffiths, Chemistry, PhD, UCLA and JD Georgetown Law School
David A. Young, Aeronautical Engineering, Physics, Ph.D.

Michael Moravan, Chemistry, MD/PhD University of Rochester

David A. Steele, Physics/Mathematics

Long T. Nguyen, Mathematics

Jason Riordan, Physics

David Owen, Chemistry