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Four MU Students Receive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

All MU students nominated win award

April 21, 2010

Story Contact(s):
Emily Martin, martinem@missouri.edu, (573) 882-3346

The four MU students named as 2010 Goldwater Scholars. From left to right, Daniel Cook, Bert Drury, April Diebold, Rachel Waller.

The four MU students named as 2010 Goldwater Scholars. From left to right, Daniel Cook, Bert Drury, April Diebold, Rachel Waller.

COLUMBIA, Mo.  – The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has named four University of Missouri students as 2010 Goldwater Scholars. Bertram Drury, Daniel Cook, April Diebold and Rachel Waller were nominated by MU faculty members and selected by the foundation based on academic merit. Universities are allowed to nominate four students per year. This is the first year that all four MU nominees have received the highly competitive award.

“The Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program recognizes the outstanding potential in the math and science fields of talented undergraduates,” said Theodore A. Tarkow, associate dean of the College of Arts and Science. “The fact that four MU undergraduates have received 2010 Goldwater scholarships is a testimony to the terrific ability of the students. All four have benefited from opportunities to participate in scientific research that is integral to their undergraduate degrees and to MU’s mission.”

The four students are juniors at MU. Three students are in the College of Arts and Science: Drury is studying chemistry, Diebold is studying biological sciences and Cook is majoring in biology and chemistry. Waller is majoring in biochemistry, which is part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the School of Medicine.

A total of 16 Goldwater Scholarships were awarded to students at MU between 1995 and 2008. Curtis Atkisson received the scholarship in 2009 and will study in Thailand and Bangladesh this summer.

The Goldwater Scholarship program was designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. It was established by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor former senator Barry Goldwater, a republican from Arizona. Nationwide, 278 students received the award this year.

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