Two LSU Students Named Goldwater Scholars, Two Named Honorable Mention

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 clinics.

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 application.  

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 diseases.

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

For more information on the LSU Honors College, visit

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



Corey Landry (left) and Bruno Beltran (right)

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013