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Alicia Aguilar awarded honorable mention in the national Goldwater Scholarship competition

OSU student Alicia Aguilar, a junior from Edmond was awarded honorable mention in the national Goldwater Scholarship competition. Aguilar is double majoring in chemical engineering and biochemistry. She plans to earn a medical doctorate and a doctorate of philosophy, and study specific signal pathways linked to autoimmune disease.

A total of 240 Goldwater Scholars were selected this year, based on academic merit and the potential for a research career, from a field of 1,286 natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering students nominated by campus representatives from among 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide. The one- and two-year scholarships cover tuition, fees, books, room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, by providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering.  Today, Goldwater alumni can be found conducting research that is helping defend the nation, find cures for catastrophic diseases, and teaching future generations of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.