PBS Undergraduate Student Isaias Ghezae Named A Goldwater Scholar

April 9, 2021

A PBS junior, Isaias Ghezae, has recently been selected as a Goldwater Scholar, “the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering in America”. This year, over 5,000 college sophomores and juniors were nominated by 438 academic institutions to compete for the scholarships. Isaias was nominated by his academic advisors in PBS, professors Daniel Conroy-Beam, Hongbo Yu, and Vanessa Woods.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established on November 14, 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. The Goldwater Scholarship is the preeminent undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

It’s truly an honor to receive this award, especially considering that psychology students are largely underrepresented in this competition. Nonetheless, I am excited to join this elite group of scholars and I am extremely grateful for having supportive mentors who have nurtured my interest for scientific research and serve as outstanding role models, both academically and personally. This award has affirmed my interest and motivation for a research career which I hope to leverage as I look towards applying to graduate school.” – Isaias Ghezae