Allegheny College junior Erin Brown of Gainesville has been selected for a 2014 Goldwater Scholarship.
Brown, who was an honorable mention last year, is a double major in physics and mathematics. She plans to earn her doctorate and then teach and conduct research at the university level.
The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to only 300 students annually, from an applicant pool of 1,200 to 1,500. Applicants must have research experience, plan to attend graduate school and intend to prepare for a long-term research career in science, technology, engineering or math. A GPA of at least 3.7 is also required.
Brown is president-elect of the Society of Physics Students and serves as a writing consultant for Allegheny’s Maytum Learning Commons. She has worked on research projects with professors in the Allegheny physics department and at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program.
“Being at Allegheny has been beneficial for me because of the closeness and support system within the department,” Brown said. “I’ve had more research opportunities here than I might have had at a larger research university where graduate students do the bulk of the work.”