Physics/math major Andrew Robertson earns Goldwater ScholarshipApril 19, 2006
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has named
junior Rowan University physics/mathematics double major Andrew Robertson, 20, of Mickleton, as a Goldwater Scholar for 2006-07.
A federally endowed agency, the Goldwater Foundation designed the scholarship program to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering and to help alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers.
Robertson, the son of William and Barbara Robertson, also of Mickleton, is a graduate of
Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del. He hopes to attend Princeton University to earn a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics and eventually wants to pursue a career conducting research in the subject at a university. At Rowan, he has been active in the Physics Club, for which he has served as president for two semesters, and the German and math clubs. Robertson also has been a physics and mathematics tutor at Rowan.
The research for which he received the scholarship was done under Dr. Hong Ling in the quantum mechanics of Bose-Einstein condensation, a subfield of cold atom research.
"When I found out that I had won the scholarship, my family and I were very excited," Robertson said. "The full effect didn't really hit me until I was congratulated by the professors of the Physics Department. We have such an elite group of physics professors at Rowan; it was extremely flattering to be shaking their hands because of my award. I feel a lot of pride to be learning under a department that can be so competitive, even against schools like Princeton and Cal Tech."
The Foundation also awarded an honorable mention to sophomore physics/mathematics double major Lucas Willis, 20, of Bellmawr. Willis plans to earn a Ph.D. in atomic/plasma physics and conduct research at a national laboratory or at a research university in the field of ultra cold plasma physics or some branch of atomic or plasma physics.
Both students have been active researchers at Rowan.
The foundation, which honors the late Sen. Barry M. Goldwater and is chaired by Peggy Goldwater Clay, awarded 323 scholarships for 2006-07 to sophomores and juniors in the United States. Authorized by United States Congress in 1986, the program selected the scholars on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,081 mathematics, science and engineering majors nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board for up to $7,5000 per year, according to the foundation. Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs, according to the foundation, and in recent years, Goldwater Scholars have received 63 Rhodes Scholarships and 80 Marshall Awards, along with other distinguished fellowships.
To be considered for a scholarship, a student must, among other qualifications, be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the 2006-2007 academic year; be in the upper fourth of his or her class; and be a United States citizen, a permanent resident or a United States national.