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Biology Major Elizabeth Kim Wins Prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship

April 28, 2014

By Kim McDonald

Elizabeth Kim

Elizabeth Kim, winner of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Biology majors Elizabeth Kim and Maarouf Saad are among the University of California, San Diego’s latest undergraduate students to be acknowledged with the national Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program Award for their research in the sciences.

Kim, a general biology and classical studies double major, and Joshua Young Yang, a bioengineering and biotechnology double major, were selected this year to receive the scholarship–regarded as the nation’s most prestigious award bestowed upon students studying the sciences–and will each receive $7,500. Saad was awarded with an honorable mention for his contributions as well.

The Goldwater Scholarship is a highly competitive national award, established by Congress to honor Senator Barry Goldwater for his service to his country as a soldier and statesman. Universities are allowed only four undergraduate nominations per year. This year, a total of 280 students nationwide were selected on the basis of academic merit. In addition, approximately 200 were selected for honorable mentions. Since the establishment of the Goldwater Scholarship in 1989, 46 UC San Diego students have been chosen for the scholarship award.

For more on this year’s three Goldwater honorees from UC San Diego see the press release.