Maggie Collier, an engineering student with a double major in biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, was recently named a 2017 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
Collier was one of three UAB students to receive the honor this year, bringing the university’s total up to 24 students who have been named Goldwater Scholars to date. She is the fifth Goldwater Scholar from the UAB School of Engineering.
“When you graduate from high school in a class size of 16, it doesn’t really occur to anyone that you might ever have a chance to conduct world-class research or be considered for a prestigious honor,” said Collier, a native of Deatsville, Alabama. “Winning the Goldwater Scholarship reminds me that I have exceeded so many expectations, including many of my own.”
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In addition to her double major, Collier is also a member of the Honors College’s Science and Technology Honors Program. She researches in the lab of Ho-Wook Jun, Ph.D., and is editor-in-chief of Inquiro, UAB’s undergraduate research journal. Collier was recently named Most Outstanding Undergraduate Student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. This summer, she will participate in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at Georgia Tech.
Collier wants to earn her Ph.D. in electrical engineering or biomedical engineering and work to innovate medical technologies that involve aspects of tissue interactions, electronics and robotics.
Each year, UAB may nominate up to four outstanding sophomore and junior students in the math, science and engineering fields for scholarships awarded by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
The foundation grants each recipient a scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year that covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
The three UAB students were selected from a pool of more than 1,200 student-applicants from colleges and universities nationwide, and were among just 250 students who received the award. The scholars were selected based on their academic achievements outlined in the nominations submitted by faculty members.
The other two 2017 Goldwater Scholars from UAB are Ben Boros and Remy Meir, both neuroscience majors in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences.
The Goldwater Scholarship program began in 1989 with the purpose of encouraging outstanding students to pursue careers in engineering, mathematics and the natural sciences. Since its first award in 1989, the foundation has bestowed 7,921 scholarships worth approximately $63 million.