April 24, 2014  

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Goldwater Scholarship Awarded to Southern Miss Honors College Student

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Tyler Brown

Tyler Brown of Biloxi, Miss., a sophomore chemistry and polymer science double major in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Honors College, was recently named the school’s 19th recipient of a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. The coveted national award supports academic achievement in science and mathematics.

Named for the late presidential candidate and longtime U.S. senator from Arizona Barry M. Goldwater, the program was established in 1986 as a way to bolster the number of active scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college sophomores and junior studying in these fields. The one and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $7,500 per year.

Brown credits Southern Miss for putting him in position to qualify for the Goldwater award by making available research opportunities with faculty in its School of Polymers and High Performance Materials and department of chemistry. He is currently spending the spring semester at England’s University of Exeter, and last summer conducted research at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India.

“This honor opens so many doors for me as an undergraduate, and being at Southern Miss helped me find out where I belong,” he said. “There are so many opportunities that are just around the corner here.”

At Southern Miss, Brown is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and is a student ambassador for both the Honors College and the College of Science and Technology. He is also member of the Southern Miss Activities Council, among other student organizations.

“Becoming a Golden Eagle has definitely helped me to mature as a person, and I am proud to bleed black and gold,” he said.

Another Southern Miss sophomore polymer science major, Michael Sims of Hattiesburg, earned an honorable mention from the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation. In addition to his academic work, he is a member of the Student Government Association, the Southern Miss Debate Society and the student affiliate of the American Chemical Society.  

“Receiving this type of recognition is one of the greatest feelings there is,” Sims said. “It means that someone truly believed my research would make a difference in the world, a goal that every scientist dreams of achieving.”

Since 1989, the Goldwater Foundation has given more than 6,200 scholarships worth approximately $39 million. Its Trustees plan to award about 300 scholarships for the 2013–2014 academic year.

Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 78 Rhodes Scholarships, 112 Marshall Awards, 104 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships.

Southern Miss students interested in applying for the Goldwater Scholarship and other national scholarships should contact Southern Miss National Scholarship Office Robyn Curtis at 601.266.4263 or e-mail robyn.curtis@usm.edu