Skip to main content
Intellect

Two BYU students receive 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships

Out of thousands of applicants, two Brigham Young University students were among 275 students nationwide who received the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, an award of up to $7,500 given to outstanding students pursuing careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. 

In March, R. Terik Daly from San Jose, Calif., and Dustin D. Gerrard from Evanston, Wyo., were named as Goldwater Scholars for the 2011–2012 school year. Additionally, two other BYU students received honorable mentions from the scholarship selection committee: Lauren Rose Richey from Mapleton and Thomas J. Hardin from Orem.

This is the fourth year in a row that students from BYU have received the award.

“This year we are very pleased to have two recipients, and we credit this to the wonderful research opportunities these students have had with their supervising research professors,” said John Bell, dean of Undergraduate Education at BYU. “We also credit the strong academic record each of the applicants has maintained and the wonderful advisement they have received during their application process from BYU’s Goldwater faculty coach, Randy Shirts.”

Daly is majoring in geological science and has a 3.96 GPA. He does research with Daniel Austin, who together study the chemistry of micrometeorite impact. Daly has successfully charged neutral quartz crystals for acceleration to meteorite velocity in laboratory impact studies, and he is building a time-of-flight mass spectrometer to detect the chemical species resulting from these impacts.

Gerrard is majoring in mechanical engineering and mathematics and has a 4.00 GPA. He does research with David Fullwood in materials science where they seek to predict the strength and electrical conductivity of composite materials using artificial intelligence techniques.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service 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 careers in these fields.

Learn more about the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship at www.act.org/goldwater or contact John Bell, dean of Undergraduate Education, at (801) 422-4377 or john_bell@byu.edu.

Writer: Philip Volmar

Related Articles

data-content-type="article"

COVID-19 and Vaccination Rates: Answers from a BYU statistician

September 15, 2021
In this Q&A, BYU Academic Vice President and statistician Shane Reese discusses the complex numbers behind COVID-19 and vaccination rates.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

Can you tell the difference between an authentic Mesoamerican artifact and a forgery? This BYU student can.

September 14, 2021
Move over, Indiana Jones. In her undergraduate work authenticating the Mesoamerican greenstone collection at BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures, anthropology student Chloe Burkey developed an eagle eye for the microscopic details that distinguish authentic artifacts from forged ones.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

Three national outlets rank BYU one of the best values in the country

September 13, 2021
Brigham Young University continues to be one of the best values in the country when it comes to higher education, according to new rankings from Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText=