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Barbara Laskin

Macalester Student from Northfield, Minn.,
Wins Goldwater Scholarship


April 16, 2010 – St. Paul, Minn.– Allison Jacobel '11, a junior from Northfield, Minn., double majoring in geology and environmental studies, has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship. Jacobel plans to earn a Ph.D. in paleoclimatology/ paleoceanography after graduation. She is currently studying in New Zealand. 

The Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for undergraduate tuition, room and board.  It’s awarded to students with outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

Jacobel was one of 278 students who received the scholarship this year.  Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,111 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. In its 24-year history, the foundation has awarded 6,079 scholarships worth approximately $58 million.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier, statesman and U.S. Senator. The creation of this program pays tribute to his leadership, courage, and vision, and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,958 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.