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04-16-2004

Keith Jackson Named To Elite Group Of Goldwater Scholars

[A photograph for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/KJGoldwater01.jpg.]

Keith E. Jackson of Bellingham, Mass., has been awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2004-2005 academic year. Jackson is in his third year at Clarkson University, majoring in aeronautical and mechanical engineering. Keith E. Jackson

The Goldwater Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic merit in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering. Approximately 300 college sophomores and juniors are singled out by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation each year to receive the financial award. This year selection was made from 1,113 outstanding students nominated by faculty members at colleges and universities nationwide.

I am extremely pleased that Keith Jackson's hard work and focus on his studies at Clarkson are being recognized by the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation, said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "He is our eleventh student to receive this very significant honor since the Foundation was established 16 years ago. Clarkson's strong academic reputation and hands-on learning philosophy continues to attract our nation's very best students."

Jackson maintains a 4.0 grade-point average. He is a Clarkson Presidential Scholar, a Clarkson Honors Program member, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member. He is an Eagle Scout, as well as being active in the University ski, broomball, outdoors and racquetball clubs.

As a research assistant, Jackson has been involved with the study of a new wind turbine design and is making this research the basis for his Honors thesis. The thesis is required for a Clarkson University Honors degree. His essay for the Goldwater Scholarship competition was titled "Research on Horizontal Axis Multi-Bladed Wind Turbines."

Jackson will attend graduate school after completing his studies at Clarkson. "I plan to pursue a doctoral degree in some area of aeronautical or astronautical engineering," he remarked. "I would like to work on research for the NASA space program."

In its 16-year history, The Goldwater Foundation has awarded 4,272 scholarships worth approximately $42 million. Many previous winners have gone on to receive post-graduate recognition through Rhodes Scholarships, Marshall Awards, and numerous distinguished fellowships.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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