Three University at Buffalo juniors will receive Goldwater scholarships, a prestigious national honor that supports undergraduates studying science, mathematics or engineering.
The students are:
· Stephanie M. Kong, a chemical engineering major from East Amherst.
· Sharon Lin, a chemical engineering major from Schenectady.
· Kristina Monakhova, an electrical engineering major from Liverpool.
They are among 260 award winners chosen by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program from a nationwide pool of 1,206 sophomores and juniors. Congress established the program in 1986 to honor Barry Goldwater, a five-term senator from Arizona.
Each award winner will receive up to $7,500 per year to cover educational expenses.
“The Goldwater scholarship committee could not have chosen three more deserving scholars than Stephanie, Sharon and Kristina. They have excelled in the classroom and laboratory, and set an example for other students to emulate,” said Liesl Folks, dean of UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “The awards are especially gratifying because of the emphasis UB places on encouraging women, minorities and other underrepresented groups to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.”
Universities may nominate up to four undergraduates annually, and each of UB’s four 2015 nominees — all UB Honors Scholars — received recognition. Junior Dante A. Iozzo, a dual major in physics and mathematics from Lewiston, earned an honorable mention.
“Goldwater scholarships are extremely competitive. Fortunately at UB, we have the good problem of having no shortage of exemplary students to nominate. This is no doubt a reflection of the quality of our student body,” said Elizabeth Colucci, UB’s coordinator of fellowships and scholarships.
This year’s award winners are a point of pride for UB’s engineering school. Since 2012, six undergraduate engineering students – including five from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering – have won the prestigious award.
Read more about UB’s Goldwater recipients.