Two Brigham Young University undergraduate students were recently named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars for the 2005-06 school year.
Jaron T. Krogel, a physics major with a 4.0 GPA from Seattle, Wash., and Mathew S. Maxwell, a computer science major with a 3.88 GPA from St. George, Utah, were honored.
Krogel does numerical modeling with Ross L. Spencer, BYU Department of Physics and Astronomy, using the direct simulation Monte Carlo method to simulate atom and ion flow in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers. The goal is to improve the accuracy of chemical analysis.
Maxwell is conducting his research with Sean C. Warnick, BYU Department of Computer Science, where he numerically models water flow in systems composed of a river and its tributaries including dams. The goal is safe and automatic control of water releases to conserve water, protect watersheds and provide for irrigation and human consumption.
The scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year of undergraduate education.
More than 300 Goldwater Scholarships were awarded nationwide for the 2005-06 academic years to undergraduate sophomores and juniors. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields, garnering the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence In Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, who served for 30 years in the U.S. Senate.
For more information call BYU Undergraduate Education at (801) 422-6136.
Writer: James McCoy