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Ryan Carroll ’12 Is A National Goldwater Scholarship Recipient

Publication Date: 3/31/2011

Ryan Carroll (right) discussing a mathematical concept with Professor Chris Seaton

Rhodes College junior and mathematics major Ryan Carroll has been named a 2011 Goldwater Scholar. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is awarding 275 scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States.

Established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, the program provides awards to highly qualified college students who intend to pursue careers in science, mathematics, and engineering. Scholarships provide funding up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Students cannot apply for the scholarship, but rather must be nominated by their institutions based on their potential for scientific research.

“Ryan’s award is a testament to the high caliber of research that is performed at Rhodes and the importance of student involvement in research,” says Dr. Deseree Meyer, Rhodes’ Goldwater faculty representative. “Our students ask the right questions, and our faculty provide excellent mentorship to help our students succeed.”

Carroll currently is participating in the prestigious study abroad program, “Budapest Semesters in Mathematics.” He also is a recipient of Rhodes’ Buckman Scholarship for Study Abroad. As a research fellow, Carroll has been doing research involving high-level mathematics with Rhodes Mathematics Professor Chris Seaton.

“Ryan has been a delight to work with and teach,” says Seaton. “He is extremely enthusiastic about his research and mathematics in general and has worked diligently to develop original mathematical results very early in his education.  He is very deserving of this prestigious award.”

Adds Dr. Michael Sheard, chair of Rhodes’ Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, “Ryan is one of several students within the mathematics major pursuing supervised research at a high level. This award is recognition of how far a talented student can go with the right combination of enthusiasm, dedication, and mentoring.”

Carroll’s career goals include pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics as well as research and teaching at the university level. “After all of the sleepless nights in the math library at Rhodes, I cannot describe the incredible feeling of satisfaction that receiving this honor brings me, says Carroll. “The award opens so many opportunities to undergraduates in the sciences, and I have never been more excited to find out what happens in the years to come.”

A 2008 graduate of St. George’s Independent School in Collierville, Tenn., Carroll is the son of Luciana and Christopher Carroll.

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Chris Scruggs March 31, 2011

Congratulations to Ryan and to Rhodes. Ryan: Hope to see you when you return from your study time in Budapest.