Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
A scholarship for one or two years -- funding begins junior or senior year based on year applied -- for students who intend a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, computer sciences, or engineering. It is funded by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Fund, established by Congress to help alleviate a critical shortage of scientists and mathematicians.
Who is eligible:
Candidates must be sophomores (two more years of full-time undergraduate study remaining after the completion of the 2012-2013 academic year) or juniors (one more year of study remaining); have a 3.8+ GPA; be U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents who intend to obtain U.S. citizenship, or U.S. nationals; and have selected a major and demonstrate outstanding potential for a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, computer science, or those engineering disciplines which contribute significantly to the technological advances of the U.S. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible if they plan a career in research rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice.
Candidates submit applications to the SOP office by Jan. 6, 2014. Recommendations and supporting documents must also be received by Jan. 6. SOP convenes a faculty screening panel that nominates up to four candidates. SOP advises students on panel's editing suggestions, completes campus nomination forms, collects and mails supporting documents, and formally submits candidates' electronic applications to Goldwater. An independent review committee then recommends the most outstanding nominees from each state for consideration by the Foundation.
If your Goldwater application contains research or other information that has yet to be published, you and/or your research advisor need not fear about the confidentiality of the application. The selection committee meets only once and is composed of highly respected educators, who would not release information pertinent to the scholarship competition, nor are they allowed to take materials from the meeting. Only a single application is read by the selected panelists and not with the entire committee.
Application - Submit online:
Institution Nomination [NOTE: SOP OFFICE MANAGES THIS COMPONENT]
3 Recommendations - student lists recommenders and their email addresses; the system emails instructions to each recommender. Recommendations should be from a faculty member who can discuss the nominee's potential for a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering; a faculty member in the nominee's field of study; and another individual/faculty member who can attest to the nominee's potential.
Supporting Documents - Bring hard copies to SOP office:
Transcript from nominee's current institution, including fall semester if available.
Transcript(s) from other institutions, that nominee attended with grades for courses taken.
Essay discussing a significant issue in your field of interest, typed and confined to 2 pages (one side only) with a font size no smaller than 11 point. This may also be submitted via E-mail to email@example.com.
Copy of the nominee's Permanent Resident card and letter of intent to become U.S. citizen, if nominee's citizenship status is permanent resident.
A high school transcript is no longer required.
Deadline: UCI 12/2/2013 (Optional Review)
Deadline: UCI 1/6/2014 (Due to SOP - Projected)
In addition to displaying excellent academic backgrounds (in practice, a minimum 3.7 GPA) and evidence of other talents or interesting experiences, winners have well-written, carefully developed research project descriptions and very strong faculty letters. Trustees will award up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships in 2013.
Notification: late March.
In 2008-09, two UCI students won Goldwater Scholarships:
Matthew Hickman, Physics
Maryjane Jeena Vennat, Biology/English.
Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. Sophomore scholarship winners are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and junior scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support.
An outstanding scholarship for students who intend research careers in engineering, computer science, mathematics or the natural sciences.
The application includes an essay describing a significant issue or problem in the candidate's field of study. The essay is to contain an idea for a research project that could have a significant impact on the issue or problem, a description of an aspect of the research in which the applicant would be involved, and the relevance of the issue or problem to the candidate as a mathematician or a scientist. The essay may involve research in which the candidate has been involved.
The application also includes a statement of purpose for a career in mathematics, science or engineering, and three letters of recommendation. It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees. Pre-med and engineering students who intend to achieve the Ph.D. degree and pursue basic research (rather than practice their professions) are competitive.
World Wide Web: Further information and applications are available at:
For applications and more information, contact the Scholarship Opportunities Program at 824-8949. We are located within the Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication, on the first floor of Ayala Science Library (Building 520).
SOP is able to advise competitive undergraduate candidates at UC Irvine only.