Math majors Thomas Dauer and Joshua Foster named Goldwater Scholars

Two math majors at Indiana University Bloomington have been named 2015 Goldwater Scholars, an award for promising undergraduates studying math, science or engineering.

  • Thomas Dauer, a junior from Newburgh, Ind., majoring in mathematics and physics. His career goals include seeking a Ph.D. in physics, conducting research in theoretical condensed matter physics and quantum information, and teaching at the university level. His faculty mentor is Gerardo Ortiz, professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Joshua Foster, a junior from Carmel, Ind., majoring in physics and mathematics. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics with a specialty in high-energy theory. He aspires to teach at the university level. His faculty mentor is Alan Kostelecký, Distinguished Professor of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Goldwater Scholars program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Barry Goldwater, the late U.S. senator from Arizona. It was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

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