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Undergraduate Zeynep Alptekin Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Zeynep Alptekin

Zeynep Alptekin 

Chemical Engineering major Zeynep Alptekin ’23 was one of three students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to win scholarships from the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

The Goldwater Foundation provides a continuing source of highly qualified scholars to work as scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The Goldwater Scholarship supports students who have a passion for research, potential to contribute to their disciplines, and who plan to pursue a graduate degree. 

The Goldwater scholars from UMass Amherst are all Commonwealth Honors College sophomores and juniors committed to a career in STEM research. The other two student winners were Ashley Eng ’23, a junior microbiology major, and Wyatt Tran ’23, double major in microbiology and biochemistry & molecular biology.

Alptekin, a junior and chemical engineering major from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry or materials science. “I want to carry out research at the intersection of computation and experiment to discover and develop new materials for sustainable energy,” says Alptekin.

“These student-scholars represent UMass Amherst in the highest national circle of excellence in terms of scientific research,” said Madalina Akli, director of the UMass Amherst Office of National Scholarship Advisement. “They have been recognized with other internal awards, presented at conferences, and some have even been published in professional journals.”

Student nominations for the Goldwater were made possible by UMass Amherst’s Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA). Akli encourages STEM sophomores and juniors to contact ONSA for advising. Each year, ONSA nominates four sophomores or juniors for the Goldwater.

ONSA is an advising service available to all UMass Amherst undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the university’s alumni community.

Portions of this article were originally published by the UMass Amherst Office of News and Media Relations.