University of Colorado at Boulder student Corry L. Lee has been named a 2003 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
The Goldwater scholarship is a prestigious national competition for undergraduates in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering. The scholarship funds up to $7,500 per year for approximately 300 sophomores and juniors from across the country to complete their undergraduate degrees.
This year's scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,093 students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. Another CU-Boulder student, Sharon Lutz, received an honorable mention in this year's competition.
"We're pleased to have such high-achieving students here at CU-Boulder," said Lori Goodman, who coordinates top national scholarships for the campus. "We tend to do very well in this competition, which is a sign of the national prominence held by our programs in math, science and engineering."
Lee is a junior majoring in applied mathematics and engineering physics. She has conducted undergraduate research in particle physics, both through the physics department at CU-Boulder and at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. She is writing an honors thesis in particle physics and contributing to a research paper in applied mathematics.
Candidates are expected to have one or two significant research experiences along with a stated goal of pursuing a doctoral degree and working in research after they complete their studies.
"Corry is an outstanding student who has taken advantage of, and excelled at, some of the many opportunities afforded to CU students. I am confident we will be hearing more about her successes in the future," said Anne Dougherty, associate chair of applied mathematics and faculty representative to CU-Boulder's Goldwater Scholars program.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Congress in 1986 to encourage and assist outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. The program honors the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, who served the United States for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate.