Charlie is Hampden-Sydney’s fifth Goldwater Scholar in history and fourth in the last six years. This also marks the second year in a row that an H-SC student has received the prestigious award.
In all, 496 Goldwater Scholars were chosen this year from a national field of candidates. Charlie is one of just 19 students from the Commonwealth to be named a Goldwater Scholar and one of only two Virginia recipients to hail from a small liberal arts college.
Professor Cristine Varholy, the College’s director of fellowship advising, attributes H-SC’s recent Goldwater success to the combination of research opportunities and liberal arts training that science students receive at Hampden-Sydney. “As applicants, our students are able to write persuasively about their dedication to research because they have actually done hands-on research in Gilmer Hall,” says Varholy. “With their liberal arts background and rhetoric training, they also possess a breadth of academic knowledge and writing skills that make them attractive candidates.”
The Goldwater Scholarship grants Charlie up to $7,500 to support his research during his senior year at Hampden-Sydney. He plans to work with Professor Nick Deifel on a chemical synthesis project, in which he will explore the catalytic properties of a novel heterometallic asymmetric Schiff base ligand complex. Work of this nature has potential applications in industrial chemical processes by reducing costs of making the materials needed for everyday items from pharmaceuticals to plastics.