UMass Amherst Student Wins Goldwater Scholarship

April 10, 2000

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AMHERST, Mass. - Laurence Shumway, a junior at the University of Massachusetts, has won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. He was one of just 309 students in the United States to win the award for the 2000-01 academic year. A Worcester native, he is the son of Aldona A. Shumway of Worcester, and the late Robert B. Shumway.

The University''s second Goldwater Scholarship winner, Shumway is double majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, and mathematics. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in a field combining cell and molecular biology with mathematics. Shumway aims to become a professor. His research, he said, would focus on using advanced mathematical techniques to better understand biological processes on the cellular and molecular levels.

Goldwater Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit. This year, 1,176 students in mathematics, science, and engineering were nominated for the award. Those nominations came from 500 colleges and universities nationwide. The scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 a year.

"We''re extremely proud that Larry Shumway has received such a highly competitive award for undergraduate researchers," said Linda Slakey, dean of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics. "His combining disciplines in order to learn more about the natural world, and about life itself, is typical of the open-mindedness and thoughtfulness that are the hallmarks of our most promising young scientists."

"It is a great honor for UMass to have produced another Goldwater scholar,
the second in three years," said Susan Whitbourne, professor of psychology and coordinator of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement. "We are thrilled for Larry and pleased that our students are being recognized at the national level for their achievements."

Recent Goldwater Scholars have gone on to win a slate of impressive awards, including: 31 Rhodes Scholarships, 25 Marshall Awards, eight Churchill, nine Fulbright, 27 Hughes, 78 National Science Foundation, and numerous other distinguished fellowships.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986 and honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater. The program is designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Foundation has awarded approximately $31 million in scholarship money.