The Catholic University of America

April 7, 2009

CUA Biomedical Engineering Major Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
Award Is Third for School of Engineering and 15th for CUA

Catholic University junior biomedical engineering major Megan Jamiolkowski of McKees Rocks, Pa., has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, one of 278 undergraduates - and 115 women - to receive the prestigious award nationwide.

Jamiolkowski is the first CUA biomedical engineering student to be named a Goldwater Scholar and the third from the School of Engineering. Catholic University graduates Sarah Eddy, who earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree in 2001, and Kealy Rudersdorf, who graduated in 2005 also with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree, received Goldwater Scholarships in 2000 and 2003, respectively.

Of the last 19 Goldwater competitions CUA has had 15 students named scholars from physics, biology, math, chemistry and engineering.

"Megan Jamiolkowski's recognition as a Goldwater Scholar reflects well on her achievements and CUA's academic support. Most important, this award offers positive affirmation of the faculty of biomedical engineering and its deep commitment to undergraduate excellence," said CUA Provost James Brennan.

The Goldwater scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,100 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities around the country. Goldwater scholars often go on to prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs, including the Rhodes Scholarship and Marshall Award.

Established by Congress in 1986, the scholarship program honoring the late Sen. Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

As a Goldwater Scholar, Jamiolkowski, who is president of CUA's chapter of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, will receive up to $7,500 next year toward the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

MEDIA: For more information, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the CUA Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.