Barry M. Goldwater Scholar

This national award—the most prestigious undergraduate science scholarship in the country—is granted annually to top sophomores and juniors studying math, science, or engineering. Goldwater Scholars must demonstrate outstanding potential for and interest in pursuing a career in research.

Award Recipient

emmaEmma Kaeli, E’18, chemical engineering

Emma’s research career began even before she was admitted as a University Scholar: She volunteered in a laboratory while she was still in high school. She has since worked as a Gordon Scholars research assistant on breast cancer detection and won a Scholars Independent Research Fellowship to carry out a project on increasing the efficiency of materials used in solar panels. Emma is currently on co-op at the Innovation Center of Rogers Corp., a materials manufacturer. She plans to pursue a doctorate in materials science and continue her work on photovoltaic materials, which she believes are essential to address global needs for environmental sustainability and human development.