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Three Pomona College Students Awarded Goldwater Scholarships

Three Pomona College students – William Jeck, Kyle Lancaster and Alice Waldron – are recipients of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2004-2005 academic year.

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.

All three of Pomona College’s Goldwater Scholars are preparing for careers in the sciences and plan to earn a Ph.D. in their respective fields. Jeck, a mathematics major from North Carolina, is working toward a career conducting research in the academic realm or in industry. Kyle Lancaster, a molecular biology major from California, wants to teach at a small, liberal arts college. Waldron, a geology major from Illinois, plans to conduct research in the area of geology applicable to some form of environmental management.

The scholarships are given annually to about 300 undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States. Goldwater Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of more than 1,000 students majoring in mathematics, science and engineering who are nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The award covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Of the 310 Goldwater Scholars for the 2004-2005 academic year, 161 are men, 149 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. Twenty-nine Scholars are mathematics majors, 223 are science majors, 44 are majoring in engineering, 12 are computer science-related majors and 2 are in other related fields.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.