3 Students Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Yellow bookmark over an oblong, rectangle white background with Black text to the right that reads "Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation"Three Syracuse University students—Matthew Snyder, Cody VanNostrand and Jose Arturo Venegas—have been selected for the 2023 Goldwater Scholarship, the preeminent undergraduate scholarship awarded in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States. This is the second consecutive year that Syracuse University has had three scholars selected in one year.

  • Snyder, a junior, is a psychology major in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) and a member of the Renée Crown University Honors Program;
  • VanNostrand, a junior, is an aerospace engineering major in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS), a physics minor in A&S and a member of the Crown Honors Program; and
  • Venegas, a sophomore, is a civil engineering major in ECS.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, the five-term senator from Arizona. The purpose of the program is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

The Goldwater Foundation received 1,267 nominations this year from around the country and 413 students were selected for the scholarship.

Each of the Syracuse University Goldwater Scholarship nominees worked with the Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising (CFSA) to prepare their application. A faculty committee, headed by James Spencer, professor of chemistry, selected Syracuse’s nominees for the national competition.

“Matthew, Cody and Arturo benefited from excellent mentorship and guidance from faculty here at the University. The strong research profiles they have built, combined with their exceptional academic records and clear professional goals, made them outstanding Goldwater candidates,” says Jolynn Parker, director of CFSA. “They are among the next generation of leaders in innovation in STEM.”

To read the full SU News Story about the grantees, follow this link: https://news.syr.edu/blog/2023/04/05/3-students-awarded-prestigious-goldwater-scholarship/