Worcester Polytechnic Institute Student Named Goldwater Scholar

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Worcester, Mass. - April 26, 2002 - Jack N. Waddell, a junior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has been named a recipient of a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2002-03 academic year. Waddell, a physics major, is one of 309 Goldwater Scholars selected from among more than 1,100 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

Waddell, son of Jack and Nora Waddell of Pace, Florida, was selected in recognition of his outstanding academic performance and demonstrated potential for a career in research. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in physics and research on nanotechnology. He graduated from the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Science, a residential high school in Hot Springs, Arkansas. While there, he looked at "dozens and dozens" of colleges, but found the right fit at WPI.

"WPI offered me the chance to go to a smaller school in a new part of the country," said Waddell. "I initially looked into majoring in electrical engineering and computer science, but freshman year I took physics classes and just felt it was the right fit."

"Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs," said Peter Hansen, professor of history and advisor for undergraduate awards at WPI. "That WPI has had two recipients in recent years, speaks to the depth and rigor of our academic programs." Yakov Konrod, a mathematics major from Malvern, Pennsylvania was named a Goldwater Scholar in 2001. He was a double major at the time he won, but has now graduated with a BS in mathematics and is working on an MS in computer science.

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