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R-MWC Student Named Goldwater Scholar

Kacey Meaker first R-MWC student in more than a decade to receive honor

4/3/2006 12:08:26 PM


LYNCHBURG – A Randolph-Macon Woman’s College sophomore has received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

Kacey Meaker of Humble, Texas, is one of a select number of sophomores and juniors from across the country to receive the award. Meaker is a Nichols Scholar at R-MWC.

“I'm really excited about this award, because it's such an honor to be chosen,” Meaker said. “I guess all my work on the application and essay paid off.”

Meaker, physics major, plans to go into medical physics research. She was previously one of the top 24 high school physics students in the country selected for the U.S. Physics Team. This summer, she has a prestigious internship/research position at the national laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

She is the first R-MWC student in more than a decade to receive the Goldwater Scholar honor.

“This is a very prestigious and competitive national scholarship,” said Peter Sheldon, physics professor and campus faculty advisor for the scholarship.

Applicants must discuss a research project they would like to do in the future during the application process.

“Kacey chose a project which was quite a stretch from what she is doing now,” Sheldon said. “It’s quite advanced and long term. But it not only showed her passion and personal attachment, it was so well thought out and so complete that the reader was compelled."

Goldwater Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,081 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awarded 323 scholarships for the 2006-2007 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States.

One hundred eighty-two of the Scholars are men, 141 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. Thirty-two Scholars are mathematics majors, 234 are science majors, 47 are majoring in engineering, and 10 are computer science related majors. Many of the Scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering, and computer disciplines.

Kacey is a top student,” Sheldon said. “But this also speaks well for the College. The College has been able to offer Kacey the courses, the research experiences, and the advising that has allowed her to continue to be successful. We look forward to seeing what she will be doing next, and will support her, and will hopefully help her to advance in all of her endeavors. I am certain that Kacey will continue to be successful in her future, and her work will continue to be noticed.”

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