The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

UCI (Pre-Application) Deadline: October 30th, 2018
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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, engineers, and mathematicians.

Who is Eligible
Candidates must be sophomores (two years of full-time undergraduate study remaining) or juniors (one year of study remaining); have a minimum 3.0+ GPA (3.7+ recommended); be U.S. citizens or 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 practicing physician with emphasis on the clinical practice of medicine and patient care.

Please note that external scholarship agencies will consider all of your credit-bearing coursework from any college or institution as part of the review process (including CSU, community colleges, private colleges or other UC campuses/Extension programs, and including units earned while in high school). Grades from other colleges will be included in calculation of your overall GPA for eligibility purposes.

Selection Procedure
Candidates submit the Student Profile and Pre-Application to the SOP office by October 30, 2018 at Noon. SOP staff will review your pre-application and, if you are eligible for nomination consideration, follow up with advising, access to the full online application, and instructions for submitting complete drafts by TBD.

Three letters of recommendation must also be received by November 30 for use in the nomination process. Seek recommendations from faculty members who can discuss your past research experiences; potential for a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering; and academic performance in coursework in your major or a related field.

SOP convenes a faculty screening panel that may nominate up to four candidates. SOP advises students on the 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.

Application Components

Who Wins
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 260 Goldwater Scholarships on March 29, 2019.

In 2018, Aaron Chau (Public Health Sciences) and Christian Totoiu (Chemical Engineering) received Honorable Mentions.

In 2017, Leandra Jackson (Public Health Sciences) won a Goldwater scholarship and Jordan Edmunds (Electrical Engineering; Biological Sciences) received an honorable mention.

In 2016, Joshua Cook (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Chemistry) won a Goldwater scholarship and Jordan Edmunds (Electrical Engineering) received an honorable mention.

In 2009-2010, two UCI students won Goldwater Scholarships: Yas Sanaiha (Biology) and Kevin Slagle (Physics).

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.

Goldwater is an outstanding scholarship for students who intend research careers in engineering, computer science, mathematics or the natural sciences. It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced (usually Ph.D.) 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.

Further information and applications are available at the Goldwater website.

For more information, contact the Scholarship Opportunities Program at 949-824-0189. We are located within the Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication, on the first floor of Science Library (Building 520).

SOP is able to advise competitive undergraduate candidates at UC Irvine only.