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Josh Pohlman

Goldwater Scholars Enhance University of Idaho Status in Math, Science

MOSCOW, Idaho – Two University of Idaho students are among 321 students across the nation – and the only individuals in Idaho – to receive 2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, one of the most prestigious awards available to undergraduates.

Since 1991, University of Idaho students have garnered 22 Goldwater scholarships given nationwide, the most in the state. Outside of the University of Idaho, there have only been five Goldwater awards given to Idaho college students over the past 17 years.

Bryan J. Wilson of Boise, a mathematics major, and Joshua R. Pohlman of Grand Forks, N.D., a natural resources major and member of the University Honors Program, will receive the $7,500 scholarships.

“Receiving this scholarship means my academic achievements at the University of Idaho are competitive on a national scale, which means more to me than the financial portion of the scholarship,” said Pohlman, a University of Idaho honors program student.

Pohlman credits Mark Warner, associate professor of anthropology and associate director of the university’s Honors Program, as well as the faculty and staff at the College of Natural Resources, with helping him receive the scholarship. Pohlman, who is studying ecology and biochemistry, plans to pursue a doctorate in environmental health sciences and then conduct research related to worldwide environmental conditions and disease. He plans to travel to China for the summer to conduct research in environmental health.

"The successes of our students in a national competition such as this are a testament to the quality of the students and faculty at the University of Idaho,” Warner said.