• The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was created in 1986 to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in these fields. Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships must include in their nomination materials a statement of interest in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal. Most Goldwater Scholars plan to pursue PhD’s in their chosen field. Students who intend to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice. A strong candidate will have had the opportunity to participate in research, either at his or her institution, in local industry, or in a national research facility. Students who have not participated in formal research can demonstrate intellectual curiosity through independent investigation of a theory or issue related to their fields of interest. Abilities and potential are also shown through meeting significant responsibilities, involvement in science-related organizations, and accomplishments outside the classroom.

  • Open to US Citizens and Permanent Residents Upper Quarter of the class Nomination by Duke

  • Support for undergraduate students intending to enter careers in natural science, mathematics or engineering research; not intended for clinical career goals.

  • $7500 annually towards undergraduate degree

  • Domestic

  • Sophomore, Junior

  • 3.8

  • Yes

  • 2016-10-27

  • 10/27/2016 at 8am... Requires a preliminary application and one reference emailed to

  • 2017-01-27

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  • Biomedical, Computer Science, Technology, Health and Medical Fields, Math, Natural Sciences, Scientific Research

    Duke Process

    Duke is allowed to nominate 4 students annually to this competition. Nominees are chosen by an oncampus committee based on the completion of a preliminary application and an interview.

    Campus Deadline: 10-27-2016

    Send all required documents to

    Interviews-- Nov 5 & 6

    • Interviews conducted in OUSF (Smith Warehouse, Bay 8 North, 2nd Floor)

    Nominees will then work with OUSF to complete their applications for the final deadline in January.

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