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Honors College Juniors Tyler Crosby and Daniel Lum Awarded Goldwater Scholarship and Honorable Mention

Tyler CrosbyLSU Honors College junior Tyler Crosby of Bush, La., has been awarded a prestigious, nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarship by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, and LSU Honors College junior Daniel Lum of Clinton, La., received Honorable Mention. 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.

“The university is exceptionally proud of these students for being distinguished for their commitments to science, math and engineering,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Astrid Merget. “This impressive recognition on a national stage honors both the sterling scholastic achievements of these fine students and further proves to the nation the academic excellence and competitiveness of LSU.”

Crosby, a 2010 Goldwater Scholar, is a biological engineering major who will graduate from LSU in May 2011. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a combined M.D./Ph.D. and conduct clinical research into genetic therapies for diseases.

Lum, a Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention, is a physics major who will graduate from LSU in May 2011. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in physics and conduct research in quantum optics and teach at the university level.

“We are very proud of all of our award recipients,” said Nancy Clark, dean of the LSU Honors College. “They competed on a national level and won. At the Honors College, we are committed to retaining the highest caliber of excellence, and I believe these students not only showcase how remarkable they are but also how remarkable this university is.”

Board of Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awarded a total of 278 scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year to sophomores and juniors in the United States.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,111 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred fifty-six of the Scholars are men, 122 are women and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. Seventeen scholars are mathematics majors, 199 are science and related majors, 53 are majoring in engineering, and nine are computer science majors. Many of the scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering and computer disciplines.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. In its 24-year history, the foundation has awarded 6,079 scholarships worth approximately $58 million.

Requirements for the scholarship include U.S. citizenship, being ranked in the top one-fourth of their class, institutional nomination and a planned career in science, math or engineering. For more information, visit www.act.org/goldwater.

The Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising was created to assist students in applying for prestigious post-graduate scholarships and fellowships, such as the Truman, Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, Mitchell, Soros and Goldwater awards. Students interested in applying for these and other scholarship opportunities or for more information, contact fellowships@lsu.edu.

*From Ernie Ballard, LSU Media Relations.