Teddy Huerta ’15 Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Carlos “Teddy” Huerta, a junior biology major from Dickson, TN, recently was selected as a Goldwater Scholar for the 2014-2015 academic year. Huerta has been conducting research with Dr. Stacey Schultz-Cherry at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The one year scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Katie Hatstat, a sophomore chemistry and neuroscience double major from Parker, CO, was awarded an Honorable Mention. She has been conducting research for the past year and a half with Prof. Mauricio Cafiero in the Rhodes Department of Chemistry.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is awarding 283 scholarships for the 2014-2015 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. Students cannot apply for the scholarship, but rather must be nominated by their institutions based on their potential for scientific research. The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,166 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

“The Goldwater scholarship is widely held to be the most prestigious award for undergraduate science majors, as it evaluates Teddy and Katie against the top science students from all the colleges and universities across the country,” says Dr. Larryn Peterson, assistant professor of chemistry at Rhodes and the Goldwater faculty representative. “The criteria for this scholarship include not only grades, but also extra-curricular activities and research experience and potential. Rhodes is very lucky to have these exceptional students.”