The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors majoring in math, science, and engineering. The purpose of the award is to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers and advanced degrees in these fields. The foundation awards up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships nationwide; UC Berkeley can nominate four students for the award.
Full-time sophomore or junior (planning one or two more years of full-time undergraduate study)
U.S. citizen, resident alien or U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Have a college grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering,
Selectors seek students who demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in math, science, or engineering; display intellectual curiosity and intensity; and possess potential for significant future contributions in their chosen field. It is expected that Goldwater scholars will pursue advanced degrees. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in private practice. Typical fields of study include, but are not limited to, applied science, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, entomology, environmental science, genetics, geology, mathematics, microbiology, neurobiology, physics, zoology, and all fields of engineering.
Applicants must submit the following:
All applicants must first schedule an appointment with Alicia Hayes the Goldwater Campus Representative
A completed on-line application
A research essay
Three letters of recommendation. Those who have served as mentors for you on a research project are among your most important references. After your research mentors, letters from faculty who know you well from your science, math or engineering classes are also among your strongest letters. At least two of your letters should come from individuals who can discuss your potential for a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering and one may simply discuss your overall potential.
Transcripts form all colleges attended
(For non U.S. Citizens)Copy of the nominee's Permanent Resident card and letter of intent to become U.S. citizen, if nominee's citizenship status is permanent resident.
The UC Berkeley selection committee will select the university's nominees based on the above application materials and criteria.
UC Berkeley Goldwater applicants MUST make an individual advising appointment with Alicia Hayes, the Goldwater scholarship campus representative. For more information, contact Alicia Hayes.