April 15, 2009


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University sophomore Bryan Ward has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar for the 2009-10 academic year. || Profile

Ward is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree program in computer science and engineering as well as the Bachelor of Arts degree program in mathematics. His career goal is a doctorate in computer science and research in computer simulation.

While at Bucknell, Ward has worked with two Bucknell professors. With Felipe Perrone, assistant professor of computer science, he co-authored two papers, which were presented in conferences in France and Italy; with Nathan Ryan, assistant professor of mathematics, he has conducted number theory research.

A dean's list student, he has served as the Class of 2011 representative with the Bucknell chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery. He also is a member of the juggling club.

Academic merit basis
The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,097 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. Thirty Scholars are mathematics majors, 190 are science and related majors, 51 are majoring in engineering, and seven are computer science majors. Many of the Scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering, and computer disciplines.

The scholarship honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. Since the scholarship program was inaugurated in 1986, 13 other Bucknell University students have been named Goldwater Scholars.

Contact: Division of Communications

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