Junior Katherine Amato has been selected by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation for an honorable mention.
Katherine Amato is one of 22 WPI students who have been named scholars or honorable mention recipients in the Goldwater scholarship competition.
“I kept a close eye on my email … and asked my parents to watch our mailbox” after applying, says Amato, who is working on her IQP in Australia. “There is a significant time difference between the East Coast and Australia, and I received a congratulatory email from Professor [Tina-Marie] Ranalli during my lunch break on April Fools’ Day. Thankfully, it was no joke, and I was very excited to have been honored by the foundation,” she says, via email.
As an honoree, Amato is in good company, says Ranalli, adjunct teaching professor and advisor for fellowship and awards. Since 2002, some 22 WPI students have been named scholars or honorable mention recipients in the scholarship competition. However, Amato’s honor is unique in some respects, Ranalli says.