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Reed students Asher Auel, a junior mathematics major, and Kristin Coan, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major, have both been named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars for the 2002-03 academic year.

This prestigious, competitive scholarship is awarded to undergraduates with outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. There were 309 scholarships awarded for the 2002-03 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors. The students are selected for the scholarship on the basis of academic merit from an applicant pool of 1,155 students, each nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The award, which covers up to $7,500 in expenses for tuition, books, room and board, and fees, was created by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, of Springfield, Virginia.

Asher Auel, from Portland, Oregon, was a recipient of the Bronfman Youth Fellowship after his senior year of high school. The fellowship funds five weeks of study, dialogue, and travel in Israel. During his summers, he is a wildland fire fighter in the Western United States. After graduation from Reed, Auel plans to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics. He hopes to conduct research and become a college or university professor at a relatively small teaching institute.

Kristin Coan, who is from Portland, Oregon, is interested in studying the synthesis and medicinal properties of plant secondary products in addition to further techniques for phytoremediation. In high school, she was a recipient of the CalTech Signature award. Coan spent last summer working for Reed professor Arthur Glasfeld in the chemistry department and will spend this summer working in the Reed biology department with professor David Dalton. She is also a professional musician, specializing in Celtic harp. After graduation, Coan plans to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who had served his country for 56 years as a soldier and a statesman. The purpose of the foundation is to provide the nation with a continuing source of highly qualified mathematicians and scientists, as well as to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The foundation is supported by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Fund, which has been established by the United States Treasury. Including Auel and Coan, Reed students have received 15 Goldwater scholarships since 1991.

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