VERMILLION, S.D. -- Two science students from the University of South Dakota are among four South Dakotans and just 252 nationwide to receive Goldwater scholarships for next year.
Jade Fostvedt, a senior from Vermillion, is majoring in chemistry (American Chemical Society certified degree) and minoring in mathematics. Her career goal is to obtain a doctorate in inorganic chemistry and conduct research in alternative energy and catalysis, teach at a university level and lead a research team comprised of both graduate and undergraduate students.
John Slunecka, a senior from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is majoring in medical biology and chemistry. His career goal is to obtain a dual M.D./Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and conduct research on protein structures and their effects on macroscopic functions of organisms with a focus on the human species, especially as it applies to diseases.
The scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,150 students who were nominated by the representatives of 415 colleges and universities nationwide; 144 are men and 108 are women. The scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 per year.
Congress established the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.