Two juniors at Penn, Angus Beane and Marcello Chang, have been selected as Goldwater Scholars by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides scholarships of up to $7,500 for undergraduate students interested in pursuing research careers in the natural sciences, math or engineering. Mr. Beane and Mr. Chang are the 38th and 39th recipients from Penn since the United States Congress established the foundation in 1986 to honor the work of U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater.
Mr. Beane, from Richmond, Virginia, will graduate in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics, as well as a master’s degree in physics. His research interests include astrophysics and cosmology, with a special focus on the Epoch of Reionization. His work examines alternative measurements of diffuse hydrogen gas from the era when the first galaxies were forming. A recipient of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Challenge Award, his career goal is to conduct research in theoretical cosmology and teach at the university level.
Mr. Chang, a biochemistry, biophysics, computer science and physics major in SAS and SEAS, is from Carmichael, California. His career goal is to earn a PhD in computational biology, conduct research in the life sciences by applying computer science and engineering technology and become a faculty member at a research university.