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Barry M. Goldwater & Thomas Sedlock Icon
Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards171 Mary
Gates Hall [email protected]
Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity
Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
Clearinghouse of information on merit-based scholarships,
Gathers and updates information on local and national funding
Assists students with the development of competitive
applications for national scholarship competitions, and
Disseminates scholarship information to current students
Website - http://expd.washington.edu/scholarships
Scholarship Email - [email protected]
Quarterly Scholarship Workshops
Specific Scholarship Information Sessions
Individual Scholarship Advising Appointments
Goldwater Scholarship Objective
“By providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who
intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences,
mathematics and engineering, the Goldwater Foundation is helping
ensure that the U.S. is producing the number of highly-qualified
professionals the Nation needs in these critical fields.”
In short, the purpose is to provide a continuing source of
highly qualified researchers to the fields of science, mathematics
Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a
degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the
2016–2017 academic year.
Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science,
mathematics or engineering. Eligible fields:
Have a college grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0
scale. To be competitive at UW, students should have a minimum of
four quarters of
research experience and a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Be a United States citizen, a permanent resident, or, in the
case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the
Mariana Islands, a United States national. Nominations from
permanent residents must include a letter of the nominee's
intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Perm.
2015 Goldwater Scholars
Total 1206 260
Mathematics Majors 35
Science Related Majors 154
Engineering Majors 68
Computer Science Majors 4
2016: 1150 nominations, 252 Scholars, 256 Honorable Mentions
Application Evaluation Criteria
Academic Achievement grades, level of courses, awards,
Progress Toward Research Goals research activities, career
goals, course work
Research Essay technical content, bibliography,
Letters of Recommendation commitment to research, intellectual
curiosity, potential for
Equal weight is given to evaluation criteria.
Course work consistent to meet graduate school goals.
Research experience and well-developed research plan.
Application where every response suggests a research career.
In-depth essay concentrating on expected or obtained research
results and relevant to research interest.
Three strong letters of recommendation.
Career Goal/Professional Aspiration
Career Goals. 1 or 2 sentences describing career goals
Professional Aspiration how your current academic program and
your overall educational
plans will assist you in achieving this goal.
Motivation. Describe an activity or experience that has been
clarifying or strengthening your motivation for a research
career in STEM.
Activities. Participation in research and other activities
associated with interest
in STEM or other areas
The research essay must demonstrate knowledge base. Your essay
must include 1) a description of the issue or problem, discuss an
idea for research that could
have significant impact on the issue or problem, 2) describe an
aspect of the research in which you would be involved, and 3)
explain the relevance of the issue or problem to you as a
researcher, to the field
and to science.
Write to the expertise of the reviewer. Detailed, technical
language is expected but should be accessible by all STEM
disciplines Diagrams and figures can be helpful if essential
Background should provide context for the work; should not
exceed 50% of essay.
Interpretation of obtained or expected results is very helpful.
Future work your data suggests or work that still needs to be done
the current project PI, GA, Lab supervisor involved in
Letters of Reference
Your letter writer should:
Write a detailed 1-2 page letter.
Assess your personal characteristics, motivation and potential
for a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences or
Concentrate on motivation and potential for a research
Compare to other students who have gone on to PhD programs and
Reasons for Nomination Failure
1. Weak or inconsistent letters of reference from research
2. Poor choice in selecting individual(s) to write letter of
3. Weak research essay.
4. Inconsistent application in areas that speak to a research
5. Weak grades, in comparison to scholar average GPA.
Complete all sections of both application forms.
Make a consistent, strong case for a research career.
Include all research activities, presentations, posters and
Consider the essay a miniature research proposal.
Select the three best individuals to write letters of
recommendation – individuals who know your well and can speak to
confidently about your potential.
Evaluate and proofread multiple times.
Goldwater & Sedlock - UW Nomination Process
Submit the following by Sunday, November 13, 11:59 p.m. Complete
the Goldwater Pre-Application form, available at
biographical info basic academic info the names of 3 potential
recommenders (names only, no actual letters are
required at this time) a brief description (limited to 500
characters) of your research experience.
In addition to the Goldwater Pre-Application form, please
complete the UW internal online application form at
https://expo.uw.edu/expo/apply/438. This form will request you to
upload the following materials: Short responses Research essay
Resume/CV Transcripts (UW automatically included, add any
Goldwater & Sedlock Information
Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
UW Goldwater & Sedlock information:
Questions can be directed to:Robin Chang, [email protected],