Undergraduate Scientists Continue Success with the Goldwater Scholarship

Kevin MeiSince 1989 the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship has recognized the very best among sophomores and juniors in the United States with majors in mathematics, science, engineering, and computer science, and this year two Rutgers students are once again among those so honored. Devinn Lambert, a junior biotechnology major from Howell, New Jersey, and Kelvin Mei, a junior Physics major from Flemington, New Jersey, were among the 282 Goldwater Scholars selected nationally. Aaron Sun, a junior double major in electrical and computer engineering and chemistry from Holmdel, New Jersey, was also awarded honorable mention.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,123 mathematics, science, and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The one and two year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 78 Rhodes Scholarships, 112 Marshall Awards, 104 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships.

Besides sterling academic records, Rutgers’ latest Goldwater Scholars can both claim having done research internationally--Ms. Lambert at the Institute of Medical Technology in Singapore and Mr. Mei at the University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong. This summer Ms. Lambert will return to Singapore, and Mr. Mei will be working on a project at CERN in Switzerland. “To be a recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship is definitely one of the proudest moments of my undergraduate career,” said Mr. Mei. Each year Rutgers is eligible to nominate four candidates for the Goldwater Scholarship. In the twenty-four years since the award was established, 25 Rutgers students have been named Goldwater Scholars. “Our undergraduates in the sciences are among the very best in the country,” said Arthur D. Casciato, director of the Office of Distinguished Fellowships at Rutgers. “ I’m not a bit surprised that Devinn and Kelvin were selected for this honor.”

For additional information on this year's Goldwater recipients, see Two Rutgers Students Win Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships in the Rutgers Focus.