Redlands Student Named Prestigious Goldwater Science Scholar

April 9, 2009 -

A University of Redlands chemistry major is one of 278 students across the nation who have been named Goldwater Scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

Cezar Rodarte, a junior from Riverside, was selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,097 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. Each institution could nominate up to four students for the award.

Another Redlands student, Emily Dahlberg, a junior physics major from Denver, received honorable mention in the scholarship competition.

Rodarte plans to pursue a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry and is interested in conducting drug research and development in the pharmaceutical industry. He is one of 14 California students to receive the Goldwater honor, according program officials.

The scholarships cover up to $7,500 in academic costs and can be used for tuition, fees, books and room and board.

Rodarte is part of a distinguished group of honorees. Almost all of the students indicated they intend to earn doctorate degrees. Thirty of the scholars are mathematics majors, while 190 are science and related majors, 51 are majoring in engineering and seven are computer science majors. Many of the scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering and computer disciplines.

Previous Goldwater Scholars have gone on to earn other impressive honors. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 73 Rhodes Scholarships, 102 Marshall Awards and numerous other distinguished fellowships. Redlands had another Goldwater Scholar in Megan Freeland, of La Habra, who garnered the award in 2007. She intends to earn a Ph.D. in biology and hopes to pursue a career researching medical genetics, either in industry or as a professor.

Barbara Murray, director of the university's Center for Science and Mathematics, said Rodarte's selection affirms the university's ability to provide students with a top-rate education, particularly in the sciences.

"We're quite proud of him," said Murray. "This is a prestigious award and he's being recognized alongside students from a number of other highly regarded schools in California and nationwide."

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by public law in November 1986. The Scholarship Program honors Sen. Barry M. Goldwater and was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The scholarship is considered the premier undergraduate award in these fields.

In its 21-year history, the foundation has awarded more than 5,800 scholarships worth about $56 million.

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