Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

MIT School of Engineering and School of Science students interested in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering are invited to apply to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

Established by Congress in 1986, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence In Education Foundation operates an educational scholarship program designed to provide opportunities for outstanding U.S. students with excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in, and potential for, careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

In April, the Foundation will award scholarships to students who will be college juniors or seniors during the following academic year. In order to be considered for an award, students must be nominated by their institution. See: Instructions for School of Engineering students Interested in applying.

To be eligible a student must be a current full-time sophomore or junior and must be pursuing a baccalaureate degree, have a B average or equivalent, stand in the upper fourth of the class and be a U.S. citizen, resident alien, or U.S. national who will pursue a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. See: Goldwater Foundation requirements or go to the Goldwater web site.

The scholarship award covers eligible expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Junior scholarship recipients can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. Senior scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of support. In past years, 3-4 MIT students have been awarded the scholarship. See the list of past recipients.

Past MIT Goldwater Scholar Recipients:

2019

  • School of Engineering: Steven Truong, Biological Engineering
  • School of Science: Megan Yamoah, Physics; Ashwin Sah, Mathematics

2018

  • School of Science: Meenakshi Chakraborty, Computer Science & Molecular Biology; Anna Sappington, Computer Science & Molecular Biology

2017

  • School of Engineering: Bryce Hwang, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • School of Science: Hannah Diehl, Physics

2016

  • School of Engineering: Kaustav Gopinathan, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Margaret Guo, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Biological Engineering
  • School of Science: Felipe Hernandez, Mathematics; Julia Page, Chemistry

2015

  • School of Engineering: Daniel Kang, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; School of Science: Carl Lian, Mathematics

2014

  • School of Engineering: Colleen Loynachan, Materials Science and Engineering; School of Science: Honorable Mention to Catherine Koch, Biology

2013

  • School of Science: Nityan L. Nair, Physics; P. Bryan Changala, Chemistry.

2012

  • School of Engineering: Joshua D. Cohen, Mechanical Engineering; Shaunak Kishore, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

2011

  • School of Engineering: Allen Lin, Chemical Engineering; Omar Abudayyeh, Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Science: Alex T. Via, Chemistry; Vinay Tripuraneni, Biology

2010

  • School of Engineering: Vidya Ganapati, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Alvin Chen, Chemistry
  • School of Science: Maria Monks, Mathematics; Sidney Cruetz, Chemistry

2009

  • School of Engineering: Jennifer E. Yeh, Chemical Engineering
  • School of Science: Sunny S. Lou, Biology; Annelise Beck, Chemistry