Niamh Brown, a junior from Boulder who is majoring in chemistry, and Santos Navarro, a junior from Denver who is majoring in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, join 42 previous CU Boulder Goldwater Scholars and will receive up to $7,500 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Brown has worked in two chemistry research labs at CU Boulder, with projects focused on developing nanomaterials for harvesting solar energy and other energy-efficient technologies. When she is not working in a lab, she lifts weights, hikes and plays the cello.
“I hope to use the scholarship to continue cutting-edge research that can be applied to counter climate change,” she said.
She credits her mentors for her academic success, among them Michael Marshak, an assistant professor of chemistry; Gordana Dukovic, an associate professor of chemistry; Laura Maurer, a chemistry graduate student; Anne Dougherty, a teaching professor and associate chair of applied mathematics and Goldwater faculty representative; and Deborah Viles, the director of the Office of Top Scholarships.