First internal deadline: TBA
Second internal deadline: TBA 
National Deadlines: January 26, 2018 (online submission) 

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national. Nominations from permanent residents must include a letter of the nominee's intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Permanent Resident Card
  • Sophomore or Junior
  • 3.0 GPA and be in the upper fourth quartile of class

Award summary and conditions: The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

Whitman preliminary application requirements due to Pat Spencer, Professor of Geology, by the first internal deadline on (TBA):

  • Resume or CV 
  • Unofficial transcript 
  • Answer the following questions: 
    • In one or two sentences, describe your career goals and professional aspirations. 
    • Indicate which area(s) of mathematics, science or engineering you are considering pursuing in your research career and specify how your current academic program and your overall educational plans will assist you in achieving your career goals and profession aspirations (300 words)
    • Describe an activity or experience that has been important in helping shape or reinforce your desire to pursue a research career in science, mathematics or engineering. (150 words) 
    • Identify a research question that you would like to explore or have prior experience researching. Discuss the importance of the research and its future value. (300 words)

The Goldwater Committee will meet to select up to four nominees, who will work with Keith Raether, Director of Fellowships and Grants, and Pat Spencer to edit and refine their applications for submission by the national deadline, January 26, 2018.

Application process: online and hard copy

Application requirements: 

  • Institution Nomination (Whitman's Faculty Rep. Pat Spencer, Professor of Geology)
  • Nominee Application (Student)  
  • Recommendations (3)-student lists three recommenders and their email addresses in their application. The system will then generate an email to each recommender giving them instructions on completing their online recommendation.

Supporting Documents to be sent in hard copy:

  • Essay (1)
  • Transcript(s)

Note: Copy of Permanent Resident card and letter of intent to become U.S. citizen, if nominee's citizenship status is permanent resident.

Faculty Representative: Pat Spencer, Professor of Geology 

Internal nomination required: Yes; Whitman is allowed to submit up to four nominations.

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