CLEMSON — Austin Herbst of Easley was one of four recipients of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering at Clemson University.
Herbst was nominated along with Kaylee Kotwis, Jennifer Wilson and Emily Thompson and all four received the award.
Herbst, a junior in the department of biochemistry and genetics, has done research in the labs of Michael Sehorn and Frank Alexis at Clemson and Eric Ortlund at Emory University.
Kaylee Kotwis from Canal Winchester, Ohio, is a junior majoring in biochemistry. At Clemson she has done research in Julia Frugoli’s lab, and she has also worked with Jeff Bartolin at DuPont and Elena Shpak at the University of Tennessee.
Jennifer Wilson of Charlotte, N.C., is a junior studying plant and environmental sciences. She has worked with Hong Luo, Jeremy Tzeng and Paula Agudelo at Clemson and with Sona Pandey at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Emily Thompson from Rochester, N.Y., is a junior in physics. At Clemson, Thompson has done research with Jian He. She also worked with Nicholas Bigelow at the University of Rochester and Patrick Sutton at Cardiff University.
Goldwater Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,206 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.
Goldwater Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, room and board, fees and books up to a maximum of $7,500 per academic year. The federally endowed scholarship program aims to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.