Three IU Bloomington undergraduates named Goldwater Scholars

  • April 26, 2016


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Three Indiana University Bloomington students in the College of Arts and Sciences have been named 2016-17 Goldwater Scholars, a designation that recognizes outstanding college sophomores and juniors who have shown great promise in math, science or engineering.

Taylor Ball, Hannah Busey and Michael Peters are among 252 scholars selected by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, a federally endowed agency that awards the scholarships. The scholars were selected from a field of 1,150 students nominated by 415 colleges and universities.

The one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Ball is a junior from Marion, Ind., who is earning dual degrees in mathematics and computer science. He has conducted research involving the cop number, a concept from a mathematical game, and the trajectory of Cayley graphs. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics. His long-term goals are to conduct research in algebraic logic and topology and to teach at the university level.

Busey is a sophomore from Bloomington, Ind., who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She has spent the past three years conducting research in professor Armin Moczek’s lab on the evolution of head development in insects, using horned beetles as a study system. In the future, she plans to earn a doctorate in biology and to conduct research in the field of evolutionary biology.

Peters is a junior from Munster, Ind., earning degrees in astronomy/astrophysics, mathematics and physics. He has conducted research with professor W. Michael Snow testing different types of fundamental forces. After graduating from IU, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics and to conduct research in nuclear physics at a national or international laboratory or at a university.

The Goldwater Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to honor the late Sen. Barry Goldwater and to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, science and engineering.

Since it was established, the foundation has bestowed 7,680 scholarships worth approximately $48 million. Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 86 Rhodes Scholarships, 125 Marshall Awards, 134 Churchill Scholarships and many other fellowships and awards.

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