Three Cornell undergraduates have won 2014 Barry Goldwater Scholarships, which support sophomores and juniors intending to pursue careers in natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.
The students, who receive $7,500 toward tuition, fees, books, room and board, are among 283 scholars selected from a field of 1,166 students nominated nationwide.
The Cornell winners:
Aaron Match ’15 is an atmospheric science major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a mathematics minor. His National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at the Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes at Colorado State University was on the dynamics of the stratospheric polar vortex and sudden stratospheric warnings. Match is continuing related research with Assistant Professor Gang Chen of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Match holds a NOAA Hollings Scholarship, which will fund his work at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University this summer. He holds several positions in Ecology House, is active in the campus chapter of the American Meteorological Society, and is a peer adviser for the Meinig Family Cornell National Scholars.
Swati Sureka ’15 is a biology and chemistry and chemical biology double major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Since summer 2012 she has worked in Professor Dan Luo’s lab in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, which specializes in nucleic acid engineering to harness the material properties of DNA. Since January 2012 she has been a member of Cornell’s Genetically Engineered Machines Team. She is a biology student adviser and co-founded Cornell’s Chemistry Peer Advisers Program.
Benjamin Van Doren ’16 is a biology major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology. A Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, he has conducted research on birdsong and bird migration, worked on seabird restoration off the coast of Maine, and has studied bird behavior in Amazonian Ecuador.
Matthew Loring ’15, a computer science major in the College of Arts and Sciences, received an honorable mention for the award. He conducts research in the Applied Languages Programming Group, has interned at Google, and has been a teaching assistant. He has also served as treasurer of the Cornell Association of Computer Science Undergraduates for three years.