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Last modified: Monday, April 5, 2010

IU Bloomington Goldwater Scholars set single-year record

April 5, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Setting a record for the university, four Indiana University Bloomington undergraduates have been selected to receive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships this year. The foundation that administers the coveted scholarships accepted all four of IU Bloomington's nominations.

Photo by Jocelyn Bowie

IU Bloomington's 2010 Goldwater Scholars, from left to right: Carlo Angiuli, Erika Anderson, Jennifer Kulow, and Christopher Faesi.

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Jennifer Kulow, Carlo Angiuli and Christopher Faesi, all juniors, will receive one-year scholarships that cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500. Erika Anderson, a sophomore, was awarded that amount for two years. The awards are administered by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

"Having all four nominees selected as Goldwater Scholars is unprecedented for IU, and is a tribute to our students and to the faculty members who mentor them," said IU College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean David Zaret. "I am particularly pleased this strong group of students includes two who are earning degrees in astronomy and physics, two of our smaller science departments. It is recognition that the quality of undergraduate science education is high across many fields at IU Bloomington. The Goldwater Scholarship is a prestigious and competitive national award, and I congratulate all four students on their achievement."

Carlo Angiuli, from Wilmette, Ill., is majoring in mathematics (B.S.) and computer science (B.S.), with plans to complete a minor in physics. His undergraduate research project is concerned with unconventional uses of the Thue-Morse Sequence in number theory. Angiuli was a 2007 Wells Scholar.

Erika Anderson, from Bloomington, Ind., is majoring in biology (B.S.), with plans to complete a minor in mathematics. With biologist Mimi Zolan, Anderson is studying the meiotic roles of genes that are expressed differently in a Coprinus cinereus (mushroom) rad50 mutant relative to non-mutants. Anderson was a 2008 Wells Scholar. She is also a participant in the IU Science, Technology and Research Scholars program (IU STARS), and completed Biology's year-long lab course, the Integrated Freshman Learning Experience (IFLE).

Jennifer Kulow, from Nashville, Ind., is majoring in astronomy, biology, and physics, with plans to complete minors in mathematics and chemistry. With astronomer Constantine Deliyannis' guidance, Kulow is studying the photometry of open star clusters. Last year, Kulow was honored as an Academic All-Big Ten by excelling as both a young scholar and athlete (cross-country running). She also completed the IFLE course and is a member of IU STARS.

Christopher Faesi, from Bloomington, Ind., is majoring in physics, mathematics, and astronomy/astrophysics, with plans to complete a minor in French. As an undergraduate researcher, he is analyzing the lithium spectra of open star clusters to see whether there is a correlation between the clusters' lithium abundance and the presence of heavier elements.

Goldwater Scholarships are based on academic merit. This year's 278 honorees were chosen from a field of 1,111 mathematics, science, and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities in the U.S. Of this year's scholarship class, 156 are men and 122 are women, 17 are mathematics majors, 199 are science and related majors, 53 are majoring in engineering, and 9 are computer science majors. Most have reported to the Goldwater Foundation they intend to obtain PhDs in their areas of interest.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on Nov. 14, 1986. The scholarship program honoring 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. In its 24-year history, the Foundation has awarded 6,079 scholarships worth about $58 million.

To speak with Zaret or any of the scholars, please contact Jocelyn Bowie, IU College of Arts and Sciences, at 812-855-5265 or