PASADENA—The California Institute of Technology is pleased to announce that Caltech sophomore Andrew Childs has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship. Childs, who is from Plano, Texas, is majoring in theoretical physics.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awarded 316 scholarships for the 1998–99 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the United States Territories. The Goldwater scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of more than 1,186 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.
The scholarship program honoring the late Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, and is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.
The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on November 14, 1986. The foundation, now in its 10th year, has, to date, awarded 2,407 scholarships worth approximately $25 million.
Founded in 1891, Caltech has an enrollment of some 2,000 students, and a faculty of about 280 professorial members and 284 research members. The Institute has more than 19,000 alumni. Caltech employs a staff of more than 1,700 on campus and 5,300 at JPL.
Over the years, 26 Nobel Prizes and four Crafoord Prizes have been awarded to faculty members and alumni. Forty-three Caltech faculty members and alumni have received the National Medal of Science; and eight alumni (two of whom are also trustees), two additional trustees, and one faculty member have won the National Medal of Technology. Since 1958, 13 faculty members have received the annual California Scientist of the Year award. On the Caltech faculty there are 75 fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and on the faculty and Board of Trustees, 68 members of the National Academy of Sciences and 46 members of the National Academy of Engineering.