04/09/2013 01:46 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU students Bruno Beltran of Sulphur and Corey Landry of Denham Springs
have been awarded the prestigious, nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarship by
the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, and Zachary
Fitzpatrick of Holden and Paxton Turner of Baton Rouge received Honorable Mention.
All four students are members of the LSU Honors College, and Beltran, Landry and Fitzpatrick are also LA-STEM Research Scholars.
“We are extremely proud of all four of our students who were recognized by the Goldwater
Foundation,” said Interim LSU President and Interim Chancellor William Jenkins. “These
scholars join a long line of LSU students who have received this prestigious award,
and we commend their commitment to pursuing a career in the STEM – science, technology,
engineering and math – disciplines.”
The Goldwater Scholarship can be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and
room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
Beltran, a computer science and mathematics major who will graduate in May 2015 with
degrees from the LSU College of Engineering and the LSU College of Science, hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in applied mathematics. His goal is to conduct research
in computational fluid dynamics and to teach at the university level.
Beltran is a first-generation American who represents a multicultural background spanning
the harsh economic stratification of his parents’ home country of Peru. His immediate
family members vary from doctors to school teachers, and nurses to engineers.
“I aspire to pursue academia in a country far different from that for which their
guidance was tailored,” Beltran wrote in his Goldwater application. “I bring with
me, however, the motivation carried by a proud family who emigrated from South America
not only to build a better life for themselves, but also to contribute to the betterment
of our new country.”
Landry, a biological engineering major who will graduate in May 2014 with a degree
from the LSU College of Engineering, hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. His goal is to develop point-of-care
diagnostic devices to streamline medical care in refugee camps and developing world
Landry, along with his family, teaches English classes to the refugee community settled
in the Baton Rouge area. He teaches beginning English, while his mother, an analytical
chemist, teaches intermediate English; his father, a civil engineer, provides transportation
for the families; and his younger sister organizes donation drives.
“Service and research have opened the doors for me across the world, and I strive
every day to live up to the idea of the citizen-scientist by engaging communities
and bringing people together to make a lasting impact,” Landry wrote in his Goldwater
Fitzpatrick, a biochemistry major who will graduate in May 2014 with a degree from
the LSU College of Science, hopes to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in neuroscience. His goal is to conduct translational
biomedical research to develop gene and cellular therapeutics for neurodegenerative
Turner, a mathematics major who will graduate in May 2015 with a degree from the LSU College of Science, hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in pure mathematics. His goal is to conduct research in
algebraic geometry and teach at the university level.
The Board of Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education
Foundation awarded 271 scholarships for the 2013–2014 academic year to undergraduate
sophomores and juniors from the United States.
The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of
1,107 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties
of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred seventy-six of the scholars are
men, 95 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective.
Twenty-seven scholars are mathematics majors, 159 are science and related majors,
71 are majoring in engineering, and 14 are computer science majors.
The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661
on November 14, 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was
designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields
of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is
the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.
Since its first award in 1989, the Foundation has bestowed more than 6,550 scholarships
worth approximately $40 million. The Trustees plan to award about 300 scholarships
for the 2014–2015 academic year.
The LSU Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising was created to assist students
in applying for prestigious scholarships and fellowships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall,
Gates, Mitchell, Udall, Truman and Goldwater awards. Students interested in applying
for these and other scholarship opportunities or for more information on the office,
contact Drew Lamonica Arms, director of fellowship advising, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the LSU Honors College, visit http://www.honors.lsu.edu/.
The Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or LA-STEM, Research
Scholars Program is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Louisiana Board
of Regents and managed by the Office of Strategic Initiatives at LSU.
LA-STEM admits students who show great potential to succeed in STEM areas at both
the undergraduate and graduate levels, and who have distinguished themselves as scholars
and leaders. The Office of Strategic Initiatives looks for students who are committed
to promoting diversity in the sciences in their undergraduate and graduate careers.
Students are required to maintain the highest of academic standards to remain in the
program. They also exemplify a strong dedication to mentoring, enthusiasm for diverse
cultural experiences and a passion for serving the community.
For more information on LA-STEM at LSU, visit http://www.lsu.edu/lastem/.
Corey Landry (left) and Bruno Beltran (right)
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013