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April 1, 2015

Three UW students chosen as 2015 Goldwater Scholars

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Three University of Washington undergraduates are among 260 students nationwide named as 2015 Goldwater Scholars.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation scholarships are awarded to students who have “outstanding potential” and plan to pursue research careers in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering. The awards cover tuition, room and board, fees and books up to $7,500 annually.

The 2015 Goldwater Scholars from UW are Ian W. Andrews, Gina L. Hansen and Alice C. Bosma-Moody.

Andrews, who is from Alaska, is a bioengineering major who hopes to teach at the university level and conduct research on applying molecular diagnostic techniques to global health initiatives.

Hansen, whose home state is Virginia, is also majoring in bioengineering and wants to conduct biomedical research to help develop better diagnostic tools.

Bosma-Moody, from Washington, is majoring in bioengineering and neurobiology and hopes to conduct research in a clinical setting and teach post-graduate students.

This year’s scholars were chosen from among 1,206 students nominated by faculty members at colleges and universities around the country, and include 145 men and 115 women. The majority — 154 — are majoring in science-related fields; 34 are math majors, 68 are majoring in electronics, and four are computer science majors. Many are pursuing dual majors and almost all hope to obtain a doctorate.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Goldwater, a five-term senator from Arizona and Air Force Reserve major general. Since its launch in 1989, the program has given more than 7,400 scholarships totaling about $48 million.