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Emily Jewell
April 28, 2017

Engineering physics student wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Written By: Doug Erickson

Emily Jewell, a senior double majoring in nuclear engineering and engineering physics and mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will receive the esteemed Barry Goldwater Scholarship for undergraduate excellence in the sciences.

The honor is considered the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering in America.

Jewell’s research includes a “novel analysis method for understanding contact and damping of modeled bolted joints.” She plans to pursue a doctorate in aerospace engineering.

Jewell is one of three UW-Madison students to be named 2017 Goldwater Scholars. Goldwater Scholars from UW–Madison have historically received other prestigious awards later on in their academic careers. 2015 Goldwater Scholar Bill Mulligan was a finalist for both the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships, 2013 Goldwater Scholar Drew Birrenkott received a Rhodes Scholarship, and Joshua Shutter, a fellow 2013 Scholar, received a Churchill Scholarship.

Congress established the Barry Goldwater Scholarship & Excellence in Education Foundation in 1986. Goldwater, the award’s namesake, served in the U.S. Senate for more than 30 years and challenged Lyndon B. Johnson for the presidency in 1964. The foundation aims to develop highly qualified scientists, engineers and mathematicians through its scholarship award.