Zachary Olmsted, the 2010 salutatorian of Oneida High School, has been chosen to receive the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship as a junior nanoscale engineering major at SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering/ CNSE in Albany.
The college said the scholarship is prestigious as "the nation’s premier undergraduate award designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering."
As part of the award, Olmsted will receive $15,000 in funding for his undergraduate studies over the next two years. CNSE said he is one of 271 students to be recognized nationwide, and was selected based on academic merit from a field of 1,107 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by faculties of colleges and universities.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said she is "delighted to congratulate Zachary Olmsted from our world-class College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, whose notable recognition as a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship identifies him as one of the nation’s top undergraduate scientific scholars."
CNSE Associate Professor of Nanobioscience Dr. Janet Paluh, who is Olmsted’s academic adviser, said the award reflects "his demonstrated excellence in both the classroom and the laboratory, and a tribute to his passion for, and commitment to, next-generation scientific discovery and exploration at the interface of biology with man-made materials."
In his research, Olmsted is using fundamental principles of materials science, biology, and device engineering to develop novel biomedical applications, with a focus of integrating biologic components with devices. He plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in Nanomedicine, a joint program of CNSE and SUNY Downstate Medical Center.