Goldwater Nominees Announced

By Marcia Goodrich | Published

Michigan Tech has nominated Stephanie Irish and Brooke Smith for Goldwater Scholarships, the most competitive award in the U.S. for undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math.

It provides $7,500 towards tuition, room and board, fees and books. Applicants must write a number of short essays and one longer essay detailing a research project.

Irish, a junior in physics, proposed research on "Ozonolysis of High Molecular Weight Organic Compounds Applied to Ice Nucleation." She will execute her work in this aspect of atmospheric physics under the direction of Associate Professor Will Cantrell (Physics). Irish recently presented her research on ozonolysis at the national meeting of the American Geophysical Union. She is from Rochester, Minn.

Smith, a junior in biomedical engineering, proposed research on the "Development and Fabrication of a Silver-Silver Chloride Reference Electrode Using Thick-Film Technology." She will conduct her research under the direction of department chair Michael Neuman. She is a participant in the Research Scholars program and a member of the International Business Ventures Enterprise that is developing an infant heart monitor to be used in developing countries. She is from Freeland, Mich.

The Goldwater Scholarship committee this year was composed of Jason Carter, chair of exercise science, Assistant Provost Mary Durfee, Associate Professor John Gierke (GMES) and Associate Professor Linda Nagel (SFRES).

For more information on the Goldwater, contact Durfee at 906-487-2112.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.