The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is designed to attract outstanding students into careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to students who are sophomores or juniors during the current academic year and who have excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in and potential for careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board to a maximum of $7,500 per academic year. Junior scholarship recipients can expect to receive a maximum of two years of scholarship support. Senior scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support.
Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or US national.
Must be a Sophomore or Junior with a college grade-point average of at least “B” and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
Majoring in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
Students who plan to study medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice.
Nominees are evaluated on:
Demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering
Outstanding academic performance (typically not less than an "A" in coursework for his or her major).
Institution Nomination – verifying the nominee’s eligibility and academic status
The extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field.
Three Recommendations Letters.
Research - past, current and proposed research experience.
Students must apply through FSO and follow the campus deadline.
Carnegie Mellon may nominate four students for the national competition. The four nominees are chosen by a campus selection committee comprised primarily of faculty that meets in December.
Application online &
hardcopy materials to FSO-
530F Warner Hall
(essay & transcripts)
January 29, 2010
Jennifer Keating Miller