Engineering student selected as Goldwater Scholar
ON THE GREEN | Alexandra Bayles, a senior chemical and biomolecular engineering major, has earned a scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
The scholarship program, which honors the late U.S. senator, aims to inspire outstanding students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is the premier undergraduate award of its kind, providing awardees up to $7,500 per year toward tuition, fees, books and room and board costs.
According to the foundation, the 282 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,123 students who were nominated by faculty members of colleges and universities nationwide.
Bayles, a University Honors Program student, conducts research involving the stability of partially crystalline particles within different emulsion systems. She says the scholarship will "open up new opportunities" and help her "qualify for top graduate programs and fellowships."
She plans to pursue her doctorate in chemical engineering concentrating on transport phenomena, potentially with a focus in fluid mechanics or rheology. Ultimately, Bayles says, she hopes to teach at a university and conduct renewable energy research.