University of Notre Dame seniors Patricia Engel fromKailua,Hawaii, and Leonidas Stellakis fromSouth Plainfield,N.J., have been awarded scholarships for the 2005-06 academic year from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
The Goldwater Scholarship is considered the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. It covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
Engel and Stellakis were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,091 students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.
After graduating from Notre Dame next year, Engel, a physics major, plans to pursue a doctorate in physics. She hopes to conduct basic research in physics and build interdisciplinary bridges, encouraging and supporting interest in the sciences in the general population through outreach, teaching and popular writing.
Stellakis, a civil engineering major, plans to pursue a doctorate in civil engineering and hopes to become an accomplished scholar in a field that bridges materials science and civil engineering.
The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986 to honor the late Sen. Barry M. Goldwater. It is designed to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students intending to pursue careers in these fields.