After diligently completing a rigorous application process, Hillary Asberry, a junior ACS Chemistry major and Mathematics minor from Lancaster, Kentucky, has received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship is a highly competitive national scholarship with only 300 being awarded each year.
Eligible students are of junior or senior status studying in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The scholarship will cover expenses for the completion of Asberry’s bachelor’s degree, and will also provide her with an advantage when applying for Ph.D. programs.
Being a Goldwater Scholar will help Asberry achieve her goal of working in a national laboratory after receiving her Ph.D. in analytical. She credits Dr. Audra Jennings, the Director of Scholar Development in the Office of Scholar Development, as a helpful resource throughout the application process. Asberry said that the two met weekly so they “could bounce ideas off of each other for the essay content.” Asberry also said, “[Dr. Jennings] helped me produce a concise vision for what I hope to achieve with my career in chemistry and what I have done in the past.”
A helpful piece of advice that Asberry passes on to her fellow math and science students interested in applying for national scholarships is this: take advantage of research opportunities offered at the university. She explains that not only will it make you stand out in a sea of equally qualified applicants, but it also gives you “the opportunity to make a difference in the field of science as an undergraduate and aid WKU in its research efforts.”
Arete contribution submitted by Amber Thompson