According to a University press release, the Goldwater Scholarship has been awarded to UNM students Jonathon Cordova and Randy Ko, with an Honorable Mention for Jane Nguyen.

The scholarship, which was founded in recognition of U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater, recognizes exemplary students studying in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering, according to the press release. The Goldwater Scholarship provides financial support for juniors and seniors who are planning to pursue a doctorate and a career in STEM research.

According to the release, the Goldwater recipientes were chosen based on academic achievement from a selection of 1,286 natural sciences, mathematics and engineering students nominated by campus representatives from 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide.

Cordova, a biochemistry major, plans to conduct innovative biomedical research in the field of cancer genomics after acquiring a doctorate from a clinical and translational biomedical science program, according to the release.

Ko, also studying biochemistry, plans to get a doctorate in cancer biology before going on to conduct research on the molecular basis of cancer, according to the release. He also plans to teach at the graduate level, according to the press release.

Nguyen, who received the Honorable Mention, is an engineering student planning to pursue a doctorate in biomedical engineering to conduct research in nanomaterials used for biomedical applications, and teach at the university level.

“I cannot express enough how proud I am of these students,” Kiyoko Nogi Simmons, manager of Scholarships and Outreach at NISF, is quoted as saying in the press release. “They took every opportunity available for them on and off UNM campus to achieve their goals and work for the betterment of people’s lives.”

UNM’s National/International Scholarships and Fellowships office gives students merit-based scholarship and fellowship opportunities, according to the press release.

The NISF office further helps undergraduate students to become competitive candidates for prestigious scholarships, through coordinating the institutional endorsement and helping nominees with the scholarship application process.

Matthew Reisen is the news editor at the Daily Lobo. He can be reached at or on Twitter @MReisen88.