SMU sophomore Jessica Maxey is the winner of a 2010 Goldwater Award, the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship awarded in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering. Two other SMU students received honorable mention in the prestigious competition.

Maxey, who is from Shreveport, Louisiana, is a double major in electrical engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering and mathematics in Dedman College, and intends to pursue a medical degree as well as a Ph.D. in bioelectrical engineering. She says she hopes to teach at the university level and conduct research on technology relating to the nervous system.

The 278 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from 1,111 students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred fifty-six of the scholars are men, 122 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. Many have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering and computer disciplines. The one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Honorable mention in the Goldwater competition went to Katherine Deland, sophomore biochemistry major in Dedman College from Beaumont, and Jessica Steinmann-Hermsen, junior mechanical engineering major in the Lyle School from Plano.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. Honoring U.S. Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, the program was designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.