Published: Jun 10, 2009 2:37:00 PM
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Auburn University engineering student Chris Ward was recognized recently with an honorable mention award in the 2009 Goldwater Scholarship Competition by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. A native of Montgomery, Ala., Ward is a junior studying polymer and fiber engineering.
The Goldwater Scholarship Program was established in 1986 by the U.S. Congress in honor of former senator and 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. It is awarded each year to approximately 300 college sophomores and juniors who are nominated by their universities. The goal of the program is to encourage highly qualified students pursuing science, mathematics and engineering to seek careers in those fields. The Goldwater Scholarship is considered by many to be one of the most prestigious awards in the U.S. given to undergraduate students in the sciences. The program instituted the honorable mention award in 2006 to recognize exceptional students not awarded a scholarship.
Contributed by Cassity Hughes