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Reed College Students Molly Schumer and Grant Meadors Win Goldwater Scholarships


Schumer and Meadors are among 317 sophomore and junior science students to receive Goldwater scholarships nationwide.


PORTLAND, OR (April 3, 2007) – Reed College students Molly Schumer and Grant Meadors have each been awarded prestigious Goldwater scholarships in the amount of $7,500 to pursue their studies at Reed.

The two were among 317 undergraduate sophomores and juniors selected to receive the scholarships for the 2007-08 academic year by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Twenty-three Reed students have been awarded Goldwater scholarships since 1991.

Molly Schumer, from Enumclaw, Washington, is a sophomore majoring in biology. The recipient of a Northwest International Baccalaureate Association Award as a high school senior, Schumer received a commendation by the administration committee in her first year at Reed. After graduation, Schumer says she plans to join a teaching program, such as Teach for America, before attending graduate school.

Grant Meadors, a physics major who transferred to Reed from Portland Community College, is studying abroad this year at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He is a 2003 recipient of a Juan Young Scholarship and a 2004 recipient of a Foresters Scholarship. In 2005, he participated in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program through California Institute of Technology, working at the LIGO Hanford Observatory with Dr Richard Gustafson. In 2006, under Columbia University’s REU program for Nevis Laboratories, he worked at Nevis and Brookhaven National Laboratories with Jeremy Dodd and Raphael Galea. This summer, Meadors will return to LIGO to work with Stefan Ballmer and Vuk Mandic on a search for signs of astrophysical objects and echoes of the big bang.

Meadors was born in San Jose, California, and grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He plans to earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics after completing his undergraduate degree at Reed.

The 2007-08 Goldwater scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,110 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The scholarship program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. It is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.