Two Mines students win 2020-2021 Goldwater Scholarships
Two Colorado School of Mines students have been named 2020-21 Goldwater Scholars.
The Goldwater Scholarship is the preeminent undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering in the U.S., established by Congress in 1986 to memorialize the life and work of Sen. Barry Goldwater.
Zoe Baker, a sophomore majoring in computer science and applied mathematics, and Joel Been, a sophomore studying engineering physics, are among 396 college sophomores and juniors from around the U.S. to receive the honor from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
A total of 1,341 students applied to the program, which provides financial support of up to $7,500 per year for two years for college sophomores and one year for juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the STEM fields.
After completing her undergraduate studies, Baker plans to pursue a PhD in computer science, with a specialization in machine learning, and then conduct research and teach in a university or industry setting. She currently works in the MInDS@Mines lab, under the guidance of Computer Science Associate Professor Hua Wang and PhD student Saad Elbeleidy.
Been intends to pursue a PhD in theoretical physics and develop mathematical methods and models to understand complex systems in atmospheric science, quantum mechanics, and ecology. His mentors are Physics Professor Lincoln Carr, Applied Mathematics and Statistics Teaching Professor Scott Strong and Physics Teaching Professor Kristine Callan.