The United States Congress established the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation in 1986 in honor of the former Arizona senator, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman—including 30 years as a U.S. senator.
The foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming the next generation of leaders in the critical fields of natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. This year, two students from the U have been selected as Goldwater Scholars for the 2021-22 academic year.
As a first-generation student, Tyler Ball started her freshman year with the ACCESS Program for Women in Science, enabling her to participate in research in the field of chemistry. Ball’s dedication to chemistry and work ethic reaches beyond the average; she actively seeks out opportunities to acquire skills and knowledge related to chemistry, even studying foundational organic chemistry skills over Christmas break. This is evident from her commitment to research starting her second semester of college in distinguished professor Matt Sigman’s laboratories, undertaking a project in the oxidative addition mechanism of electrochemically generated pyridine-oxazoline-ligated Co(I) complexes. This hard work and extra time to fully understand the material led to a publication in the National Professional Society Journal.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was not deterred but instead took the opportunity to focus on computational chemistry. She seamlessly transitioned to performing chemistry quantum computations remotely. Her unrelenting determination to overcome academic and personal challenges is a testament to her character, a characteristic noted multiple times by her letter writers. It is clear that Ball is a rising star in the academic and research world, they note, which will provide her with the foundation to successfully pursue a green chemistry doctorate.
Jason Manning’s biomedical engineering journey began with a visit to the hospital for restricted circulation to the heart due to a swollen pericardium. Unsatisfied with the “unknown” reason for this swelling, Manning immediately dove into the world of biomedical engineering, focusing on cardiac research as a freshman at the University of Utah. He started conducting research in 2014 when he first studied the genotoxicity of caffeine at BYU. Since beginning his undergraduate career at the U, he has worked in Professor Jeffrey Weiss’ lab studying the mechanics of angiogenesis in soft-tissue engineering. He presented his research on time series imaging of angiogenesis to the Undergraduate Research Competition at the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransportation Conference in June 2020. Manning’s research received a third-place award out of more than 100 entries, an impressive achievement for this young researcher. His research through Weiss’ lab will result in co-authorship on two original research articles. Throughout his endeavors, Manning continues to be motivated to continue learning and asking difficult research questions. He is a hardworking, productive and insightful young man, to which all his letter writers enthusiastically attest. Undoubtedly, they say, Manning will continue to positively impact the medical community in years to come.
Two University of Utah students have received highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the 2021-2022 academic year. Additionally, one student is designated as an Alternate.
The flagship international educational exchange program is designed to build relationships between people in the U.S. and in other countries with the aim of solving global challenges. It is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. At the U, the Fulbright program is directed by Howard Lehman and is sponsored by the Office for Global Engagement and the Graduate School.
Grant recipients are selected based on academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.
Devon Cantwell is a doctoral student in political science. She received a Fulbright Research Award to conduct research in Vietnam.
She will examine how cities address human security issues such as the needs of individuals, including food, water and shelter. To advance scholarship in this area, Cantwell’s research uses the case study of Ho Chi Minh City to explore three key questions:
- What role do cities play in global climate change governance?
- Do cities influence how state actors craft and enact climate action plans?
- How do cities diffuse policy to national and international levels of governance?
Understanding Vietnam's climate change would contribute to broader impacts in climate change governance literature significantly by helping to explain Global South pathways for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The title of her project is “Defining Parasite Genetic Factors Contributing to Asymptomatic Malaria.” Slam will identify asymptomatic cases, then sequence the DNA and characterize the growth of parasites causing these asymptomatic infections to see if genetic mutations, like drug-resistance mutations, are being carried by individuals with asymptomatic malaria. This study will establish if asymptomatic cases are a reservoir for drug-resistant parasites in Cameroon.
Alessandra Cipriani-Detres, majoring in international studies with minors in Spanish and Italian
Peter Johnston, majoring in political science with a minor in Spanish
Elissa Krebs, a doctoral student in violin performance with a minor in viola pedagogy
Caitlin Silianoff, majoring in English and political science
Elliott Sipple, majoring in international studies