UMass Amherst Junior Wins Goldwater Scholarship

AMHERST, Mass. - Wenshu Yu, of Andover, a junior at the University of Massachusetts, has won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. She was one of just 316 students in the United States to win the award for the 1998-99 academic year.

Goldwater Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit. This year, more than 1,100 mathematics, science, and engineering students were nominated for the award from 500 colleges and universities nationwide. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 a year.

The University’s first Goldwater Scholarship winner, Yu is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, and minoring in economics.

After graduating from UMass, she hopes to attend medical school, specifically in a dual M.D./Ph.D. program."I would like to be a clinical doctor and also be involved in clinical research in medicine," she said.

"We’re particularly proud that Wendy Yu has received this highly competitive award because, as an undergraduate researcher, she personifies the great value of combing classroom study with hands-on experience in science," said Linda Slakey, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. "That the Goldwater has been awarded to a UMass student is also an acknowledgment of the University’s excellence in undergraduate education."