APS News

2018 Goldwater Scholars Announced

Thirty-three exceptional physics and astronomy students were rewarded for their academic achievements and promise as future researchers.

April 9, 2018 | Leah Poffenberger

On March 30, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation announced the recipients of the 2018 Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship, which was created in 1989, is awarded to sophomores and juniors at universities across the United States. To receive the Goldwater Scholarship, a student must display an aptitude for and dedication to pursuing research.

Barry Goldwater scholarship logo

Out of more than 1200 applicants, 211 students from a variety of natural science, engineering, and mathematics backgrounds were awarded the one- or two- year scholarship—depending on sophomore or junior classification—that covers tuition, fees, books, room and board up to $7,500 per year. The 33 students who are majoring in physics or astronomy were also awarded with a one-year membership to APS.

This year’s physics and astronomy scholars are:

Angus Beane
University of Pennsylvania

Thomas Boudreaux
High Point University

Maine Christos
Rutgers -The State University of New Jersey

Kyle DeBry
Ohio State University

Rodney Elliott
West Virginia University

Nicholas Ezzell
Mississippi State University

Marcus Forst
Temple University

Wanying Fu
Pomona College

Griffin Glenn
University of Texas at Austin

Robert Glickfield
Butler University

Sacha Greenfield
Carleton College

Mika Jain
Stanford University

Tali Khain
University of Michigan

Renata Koontz
University of California Riverside

William Lambert
Roanoke College

Boyang Li
University of Virginia

Madeline Lockhart
Texas Tech University

Corey Matyas
Louisiana State University

Noah McNeal
University of Michigan

Vaibhav Mohanty
Harvard College

Gabriel Moreau
Michigan State University

Paul Neves
University of Maryland College Park

Catherine Nicoloff
Wellesley College

Logan Pearce
University of Texas at Austin

Matthew Peters
University of Oklahoma

Wenzer Qin
Johns Hopkins University

Adel Rahman
University of Chicago

Torrey Saxton
Illinois State University

Nathan Szymanski
University of Toledo

Jonathan Unger
Illinois State University

Roger Waleffe
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jace Waybright
South Dakota State University

Lauren Zundel
University of New Mexico

A complete list of the 2018 Goldwater Scholars is available on the Foundation website.

News Update Archive

View Archive


APS News

Read Current Issue


Recent News Update
APS Fellows Among Winners of the 2021 Breakthrough Prizes
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2021 prizes, recognizing individuals who have made profound contributions in physics.
2020 Apker Award Finalists
On August 9 and 10, seven bright young physicists presented their research to the selection committee for the LeRoy Apker Award.
2021 APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research Awarded to Gordon Baym
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor to receive top APS honor
New APS Special Projects Organizer
OGA Team Member Helps Build Nuclear Threat Reduction Coalition
Jonathan Bagger Selected as Next APS CEO
New CEO to start in 2021
Joan Feynman 1927–2020
Joan Feynman, an astrophysicist known for her discovery of the origin of auroras, died on July 21. She was 93.