April 29, 2017  

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Three USM Students Named Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mentions

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University of Southern Mississippi undergraduate students Nathaniel Prine, Rose Curtis, and William “Blake” Martin have been recognized for their research efforts as Honorable Mentions for the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

All three are members of the University’s Honors College, while Curtis is also a USM Presidential Scholar. The trio plan to apply for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships this fall.

The Goldwater Scholarship offers support for the next generation of research scientists. Students must be majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) fields and planning a career in research. Students may apply as either a sophomore or a junior.

Prine, is a junior from Petal, Miss., majoring in polymer science engineering under the mentorship of Professor Robson Storey. Curtis is a junior from Hattiesburg, Miss., majoring in chemistry/biochemistry under the mentorship of Professor Karl Wallace. Martin is a junior from Kosciusko, Miss., majoring in polymer science under the mentorship of Professor Derek Patton.

Robyn Curtis, director of Nationally Competitive Awards at USM, noted that Goldwater had a large increase in nominated students this year with 1,286 nominees, up from 1,150 last year. Each institution can only nominate up to four students. 

For information about national scholarship and awards at Southern Miss, contact the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards at 601.266.4533 or visit: https://www.usm.edu/honors/office-nationally-competitive-awards