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Goldwater Scholarship

Awarded to James Bonanno '20

Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aspire to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience, conduct research on the neural basis of disease and behavior, and teach and mentor at the undergraduate level.
Mentor(s): Janet Andrews, Victoria Abraira, Lori Newman, Josh de Leeuw

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).