HPU Student Receives Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 4, 2018High Point University student Thomas Boudreaux, currently studying on an individualized computational physics track, was granted the Goldwater Scholarship. One of the most prestigious awards available for an undergraduate science major, the Goldwater Scholarship is given to exceptional sophomores and juniors who plan to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.

This year, 1,280 students applied from more than 455 institutions. Boudreaux was one of 211 named as a Goldwater Scholar, while 281 students received honorable mentions.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation selects its scholars based on their commitment to a research-based career, their intellectual intensity and their potential for significant contributions to research in their field. The scholarship was established in 1986 as a living memorial for Sen. Barry M. Goldwater.

Boudreaux has conducted three years of research at HPU under the supervision of Dr. Brad Barlow, assistant professor of astrophysics. He has also conducted research with Dr. Scott Fleming, who serves as a data scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Boudreaux’s research has led to multiple local, national and international conference presentations and publications.

After graduation, Boudreaux plans to pursue a Ph.D. in astrophysics and conduct research in computational astrophysics/cosmology. His goal is to attend an institution which focuses on research activities.

“The Goldwater Scholarship supports students who will become leaders in their respective fields. We are incredibly excited to know the Goldwater Foundation sees what we see in Thomas: a love of science, a passion for research and a clear vision for future contributions to his field,” says Dr. Meredith M. Malburne-Wade, director of the Office of Fellowships and Awards. “We are so proud of Thomas, and we are excited to see future scholars develop as undergraduate sciences continue to grow and thrive here at HPU.”

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