University Honors Program
phone: (208) 885-6147
Idaho Commons 315
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2533
Moscow, ID 83844-2533

UI Goldwater Application Information

UI students who will be college juniors and seniors in the 2016–2017 academic year and who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering should carefully read the announcement below and consider applying for the very competitive national Goldwater Scholarship.

Three hundred Goldwater Scholarships of up to $7,500 each will be awarded in 2016 for the subsequent final one or two years of undergraduate study for students who are planning a career which includes advanced degrees in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering. Promising candidates should first review information posted on the Goldwater Scholarship web site and then contact Dr. Alton Campbell (885-7702, altonc@uidaho.edu) to obtain advice and direction on the formal UI application process.

Students interested in learning more about the Goldwater Scholarship should attend a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in UI Commons room 315. In addition, students who are currently freshmen or sophomores and who would like to learn more about building their resume to apply next year, should also attend the meeting and contact Dr. Campbell.

The UI Goldwater application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Applicants must complete the Goldwater application and submit seven paper copies of the application (Goldwater application form, research essay, and unofficial college transcripts) and one copy of a sealed letter from each of the three references to Dr. Campbell, Honors Program Office, Room 315 Idaho Commons by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday after Thanksgiving. The UI Goldwater Committee will review the applications, select a maximum of four applicants to forward from the UI to the national competition, and will provide those four applicants with substantial feedback to improve their applications before the end of the semester. The successful UI applicants will revise their applications and formally submit their on-line application, official transcripts, and on-line letters (submitted by their references) in order to meet the national Goldwater submission deadline. Do not submit your on-line application nor have your references submit their formal letters until your application has been reviewed and you have received feedback from the UI Goldwater Committee.

Application Tips for the Goldwater Scholarship

    Read and make sure that you meet the criteria for the scholarship
    • Current sophomore or junior majoring in Math, Science or Engineering
    • Have a strong GPA.  Successful applicants will likely have a 3.8 GPA or above.
    • Have a strong demonstrated interest/record in research and an interest in seeking an advanced degree, normally a Ph.D.
    • Talk with several faculty members about your competitiveness and whether they would serve as references. The application takes many hours to complete and reference letters take significant time to write.
  • Application and essays
    • Read Goldwater Application Tips
    • In your application, write to the criteria of the scholarship: describe your unique experience and background, your personal passion, your desired advanced degree(s) such as Ph.D., and your professional goals and career path.
    • Make your research essay memorable and distinguishable from all of the other hundreds!
    • Spend lots of time on the application and essay and have peers and faculty read your responses—edit, edit, edit!!!
    • Contact Dr. Campbell to review essays from past UI Goldwater Scholar recipients.
  • References:
    • Ask a faculty member to mentor you through this process and to provide feedback on your application. Probably 3-5 or more edits will be necessary prior to submitting the application to the UI Goldwater Committee
    • Ask your references to write letters of recommendation that speak to your strong academic ability and potential as well as your involvement in research and/or other scholarly activities. In order to help your references write strong letters, provide them with your resume and perhaps a bullet list of items that describe how you are unique and outstanding.
    • Consider sharing with your references the web sites below which provide suggestions to letter writers for national scholarships: Writing Letters of Recommendation and Goldwater Recommenders.

For more information, for assistance with the application process, and for assistance in editing your application, contact Dr. Alton Campbell, altonc@uidaho.edu, 885-7702, UI Commons room 315.