Goldwater Scholars

In 2005-06, Sanjayan Manivannan '07 became the ninth WPI undergraduate since 2002 to be named a Goldwater Scholar. Only about 300 out of more than 1,000 sophomore and junior math, science, and engineering majors who are typically nominated are selected for the prestigious scholarship.

Manivannan '07, a mechanical engineering and mathematics major from North Smithfield, R.I., plans to pursue a Ph.D. in the field of computational fluid dynamics and conduct research at a university or national laboratory. He has done cutting-edge research with General Electric aircraft engine laboratories and served the WPI community in many capacities, especially as a member of the Campus Hearing Board and as president of the Student Government Association.

Here are some other recent WPI recipients of Goldwater Scholarships:

Molly L. Conforte, who hailed from Lovell, Maine, received her bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering in May 2006 with plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biomechanics and contribute to the development of heart values through tissue engineering. In Professor Kristen Billiar's biomechanics laboratory at WPI, she researched how heart-valve cells respond to their local mechanical environment. She completed an interdisciplinary research project with the Victoria Department of Human Services while at the WPI Project Center in Melbourne, Australia, and was a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Tau Beta Pi, the Society of Women Engineers, Women's Industry Network, and the Student Alumni Society.

Helen A. Hanson, originally from Middletown, Conn., received a bachelor of science degree in engineering physics in May 2006 with plans to earn a Ph.D. in physics and to do research on nanotechnology. In Professor George Phillies' laboratory at WPI, she researched scattering spectroscopy and polymers. She completed an interdisciplinary project at Melbourne, Australia, and worked at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. On campus, she was treasurer of the Global Awareness of Environmental Activities (GAEA), a Peer Learning Assistant (PLA) in math and physics courses, and a member of the women's varsity cross-country and track teams.

Matthew J. Black, from Bridgewater, Mass., received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 2005 with plans to earn a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering focusing on biomaterials and their applications in drug delivery. In Professor Terri Camesano's laboratory at WPI, Matt researched the effects of cranberry juice on molecular level adhesion of mutants of E. coli. At WPI's Zurich Project Center, he studied the impact of the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research on the community of Davos. He was a PLA and a member of the Alpine ski and tennis teams.

David J. LeRay, from Everett, Mass., received a bachelor of science degree, with a dual major in mechanical engineering and mathematics, in 2005, with plans to earn a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and to research fluid mechanics. At the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, he researched and developed a steerable antenna mechanism for spacecraft. He was part of a WPI team that received a meritorious rating at the 2003 COMAP Mathematical Modeling contest. He also completed an interdisciplinary project with the City of Boston Environment Department. He was a math PLA, president of the Math Club, as a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha, and a member of the Glee Club and Simple Harmonic Motion.

About the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry M. 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. The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious postgraduate fellowship programs.

The Foundation, in its seventeen-year history, has awarded 4,562 scholarships worth approximately forty-five million dollars. The Trustees plan to award about three hundred scholarships for the 2006-2007 academic year. Learn more about the award...

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