On behalf of the Committee on Fellowships, Joanne Long, Chair, I am pleased to announce that Henry Liang ‘13, a Science, Technology, and Society major, has been named a Goldwater scholar for 2011! Veronica Weser ‘12, a Cognitive Science and Japanese major received Honorable Mention.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States 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 creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.
The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research. The foundation seeks those who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering (from the website).
For more information about the Goldwater scholarship at Vassar College visit http://fellowships.vassar.edu/fellowships/midclass/goldwater/index.html