University of Vermont

The Honors College

Goldwater Scholarship

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Deadline: December 3, 2014

Program Information

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship seeks to encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. Each year, the University of Vermont can nominate up to four students who are in their sophomore or junior year for a Goldwater Scholarship. Students who have...

  • Performed exceptionally well in the classroom
  • Pursued significant research experience in one of the above disciplines during the academic year and the summer
  • Intend to continue to pursue research in graduate school and beyond

...should strongly consider applying for a Goldwater Scholarship.

Award Amount

Up to three hundred Goldwater Scholarships are awarded nationwide each year. Goldwater Scholars receive $7500 for each of their remaining years of undergraduate studies. The scholarship confers a good deal of prestige and can greatly strengthen future fellowship and graduate school applications.


To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, you must be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior during the 2011-2012 academic year and have a college GPA of at least 3.00. You must also be in the top 25% of your class (nominees typically have a GPA greater than 3.5 and successful nominees, greater than 3.85). Goldwater applicants must be U.S. citizens, a resident alien intending on obtaining U.S. citizenship, or a U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands. Finally, you must be interested in pursuing a career in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.

NOTE: Students planning on studying medicine are eligible only if they plan on pursuing a research career. Students who express a desire to pursue a medical degree to prepare for a research career need to be very clear about why a medical degree enables them to do the research they want to do.

Selection Criteria

The Goldwater Committee looks for evidence of involvement in science and for potential to carry out scientific research. Undergaduate research experience is important (for more information on getting involved in undergraduate research, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research. Goldwater Scholars are expected to pursue advanced degrees. Career plans could include any research positions in the sciences, engineering or mathematics. Students who plan to study medicine must plan a research career rather than a career as a clinician.

Application Procedure

Nomination Deadline: December 3, 2014

Goldwater applicants must be nominated by the University of Vermont in order to be eligible for the national competition. Students interested in applying for the Goldwater should contact Fellowships Advising Director Aimee Hutton in the fall for an informational meeting on the Goldwater Scholarship and nomination process. Students who then choose to apply for a Goldwater nomination need to contact UVM's Goldwater Faculty Advisor Professor Rory Waterman in the College of Arts and Sciences for feedback as they work through the applcation. The University of Vermont can nominate up to four students for the Goldwater competition each year. Students wishing to be considered for a nomination must turn in the following materials by noon on the day of the internal deadline:

  • The Goldwater application. Students complete the Goldwater application online and then hit "submit." (Submitted materials go to the Goldwater Faculty advisor; not the national foundation)
  • A typed essay, confined to two pages (one side only), font size no smaller than 11-point. Essays may be submitted in hard copy form to 17a University Heights North or e-mailed to Aimee Hutton.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must be from professors. (See more information on asking for letters of recommendation as well as tips for letter writers in the Goldwater Scholarship competition. For the internal deadline, letters of recommendation may be e-mailed to or may be delivered in a signed/sealed envelope to 17a University Heights North. Students who are nominated will have their letter of reference writers upload their letters into the online application after they are notified of their nomination status.)
  • One unofficial UVM transcript, and an official transcrprt for all university-level courses not taken at UVM. Official transcripts must be dropped off in person to 17a University Heights North.

Nominees are announces in December.

Campus Representatives

Goldwater Faculty Representative: Professor Rory Waterman, Chemistry

Fellowships Director: Aimee Hutton

For More Information

Visit the official Goldwater Scholarship website.

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