Two MIT undergraduates are among several hundred students nationwide named as 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars — the premier distinction given to mathematics, science and engineering students.
P. Bryan Changala is a senior majoring in chemistry and physics who plans to pursue a PhD in physical chemistry, in order to carry out research in molecular spectroscopy and teach physical chemistry at the university level.
Nityan L. Nair is a junior majoring in physics who plans to pursue a PhD in experimental condensed matter physics, in order to conduct research into fundamental physical phenomena.
Each four-year U.S. institution is allowed to nominate up to four students, and the award is based on academic merit. Goldwater Scholars receive $7,500 to offset the costs of tuition and room and board for each remaining year of college. The award, given each year by the Goldwater Foundation in honor of Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, is designed to foster outstanding mathematics, science and engineering students and encourage them to pursue careers in those fields.