Monday, April 5, 2010
Physics major Maxwell Hutchinson wins Goldwater scholarshipMaxwell Hutchinson has been named a 2010 recipient of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Hutchinson, a junior physics major from the Mount Lebanon area of Pittsburgh, plans to continue his education in hopes of one day becoming a physics professor. A recipient of a Carnegie Mellon Presidential Scholarship, he has worked in the lab of Professor Michael Widom studying the thermodynamics of quasicrystals and elemental boron, interned at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and spent a summer doing research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory. In addition to his academics and research, Hutchinson is the president of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, and on the Board of Governors for Hillel Jewish University Center.
Goldwater Scholars receive one- and two-year scholarships up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. The foundation considers the scholarships to be a stepping-stone for future support for their research careers. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, who sponsors the scholarship, was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. It was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater and to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics. For more information, visit www.act.org/goldwater.