UAF student receives national STEM award

March 30, 2021

Alice Bailey

University of Alaska Fairbanks undergraduate student Feyne Elmore was named a 2021 Barry Goldwater Scholar , a federally funded scholarship for undergraduate students pursuing careers in natural sciences, engineering and mathematics. 

Elmore is a second-year student in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and a member of the UAF Honors College. Her career goal is to earn a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography and conduct research on climate-driven ocean acidification and nutrient transport in Arctic environments. She also wants to teach at the university level. 

“Feyne has demonstrated a high degree of motivation, intellect and scientific curiosity, and has been a strong leader both in and out of the classroom," said CFOS professor Trent Sutton, Elmore’s academic advisor. "I have no doubt that she will continue to develop as a researcher and scholar and will make a strong contribution to the fisheries and marine sciences field.” 

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to help ensure that the United States is producing highly qualified professionals in STEM fields. 

This year, the foundation partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense National Defense Education Program to increase the number of scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year to 410 college students from across the United States. They were chosen from an estimated pool of 5,000 students at 438 academic institutions across the country. 

Elmore is the ninth UAF student to receive the award since the first awards were given in 1989. University of Alaska Anchorage student Cora Lyon also received a Goldwater Scholarship this year.

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