Two University of Idaho students have been awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2011. Jacob Bow, a Junior from Gooding, and Quinn MacPherson, a Junior from Deary, are among just 275 students nationwide to receive the award. Recipients of the Goldwater Scholarship are chosen based on academic merit, recommendations of faculty members, and their plans for scientific research. The award covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
Jacob Bow holds majors in both Mathematics (one of only 24 Goldwater recipient math majors nationwide this year!) and Chemical Engineering and is active in the University of Idaho Honors Program. His diversity of interests have led to opportunities to work in two different research labs on campus. He currently works with Professor Eric Aston (Chemical Engineering) on nanomechanics, and also with Professor Jason Barnes (Physics) on a project for spectral mapping of the surface of Titan (the largest of Saturn's moons). He has been involved in Professor Barnes' team since the end of his Freshman year. Jacob counts his opportunities to participate in research as the most exciting aspect of his experience at Idaho, but he stays grounded with other hobbies and campus activities as well, including blues guitar, martial arts, the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and the Fencing Club.
Quinn MacPherson, also a member of the University of Idaho Honors Program, has majors in both Materials Science and Physics. He has worked in several research labs on campus, including those of Professor Dave McIlroy and Christine Berven in the Physics Department. Additionally, he has been working with Professor Rick Wells of the College of Engineering on computer modeling of neural networks – something he counts as his most exciting experience as a student. Quinn's family has played a large role in shaping his educational goals, outlook, and work ethic. He is currently taking the graduate-level Complex Analysis course from the Mathematics Department along with his father, an employee of the Chemical Engineering Department at UI. When away from the research labs and library, Quinn keeps his grounding through playing piano and through activities with the local Catholic Church.