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Reed student Moira Gresham, a junior interdisciplinary mathematics and physics major, has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar for the 2003-04 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 300 scholarships awarded for the 2003-04 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 1,093 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.

Moira Gresham , from Cheney, Washington, is interested in studying particle physics on a theoretical level. She has interned at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and will intern at the CERN particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland, this summer. Gresham plans to attend graduate school and go on to conduct fundamental theoretical research and teach at the university level. In addition, she has a strong interest in music and has played the piano for 13 years.

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 foundation’s aim 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 Gresham, 16 Reed students have received Goldwater scholarships since 1991.

Reed College , in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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