Apr 05, 2013 - Claremont, Calif. -
Samuel Gutekunst '14, a mathematics major, and Sheena Patel '14, a physics major, have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year, it was announced by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation in March. Andrew Patrick Turner '14, a mathematics and physics major, received an honorable mention.
All college sophomores and juniors are eligible to compete for the scholarships, which provide a maximum of $7,500 each year for one or two years to cover tuition, fees, books and room and board. Each year, HMC nominates up to four students for the Goldwater Scholarship Program. The Department Chairs Committee serves as the nominating body.
The 271 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,107 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred seventy-six of the scholars are men, 95 are women and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective.
"The HMC community is delighted that Samuel and Sheena have been named Goldwater Scholars and that Andrew received an honorable mention," said Jeff Groves, vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty. "We have a long institutional history with the Goldwater Scholarship Program. In the last 10 years, 16 of our students have been recognized by the program as outstanding young researchers and leaders. Harvey Mudd College is honored to participate."
Since her first year, Patel has worked in the magnetism research group with physics professors James Eckert and Patricia Sparks. She presented her research on thin-film multilayers of cobalt and nickel last year at the International Conference on Magnetism in South Korea. "I love the research I do and it is exciting to see that other people think this is meaningful work," she said. "Professors Eckert and Sparks have given me the opportunity to find a research project that I find really interesting and learn not only about these magnetic materials, but about how to be a research scientist."
Turner has been active in both academic and extracurricular activities at HMC. He interned at Los Alamos National Laboratories, where he worked on modeling the fluid and thermodynamics of laser chemical vapor deposition. As the recipient of a Fletcher Jones Fellowship through the Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences, Turner explored supercharacter theory. He is co-author of the paper "Supercharacters, exponential sums, and the uncertainty principle," which has been submitted for publication. He is a member of the Claremont Chamber Choir and has participated in the HMC Jazz Band, PRISM and Burgers with Bill Gates. Turner also founded DrySHMC, which provides alternatives to drinking parties. He intends to pursue a Ph.D. in physics.
The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on November 14, 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.
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