Radford University junior biology major and Richmond native Brandon Newmyer has been awarded the 2011 Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for educational expenses.
The Goldwater Scholarship is considered the most prestigious honor in the U.S. conferred upon undergraduate students studying the sciences. In 1986, the program was established by the United States Congress in honor of former U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Competition for the award is intense. Other institutions represented in the list of this year’s recipients include Yale, Harvard, and the University of Virginia.
Newmyer was recognized for the work he has completed in neuroscience with his mentor, Mark Cline, associate professor of biology.