March 30, 2009
Bioengineering junior Madhvi Venkatesh has been awarded a 2009 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. She is one of only two UC Berkeley winners for this nationally competitive scholarship this year.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The scholarship provides $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors majoring in math, science, and engineering. The purpose of the award is to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers and advanced degrees in these fields. The foundation awards up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships nationwide, but UC Berkeley can nominate only four students for the award.
Madhvi is an outstanding BioE major, active in several activities and research, including the Society for Women Engineers and the Berkeley iGEM team.