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Thank you for your interest in applying for campus nomination from the University of Iowa to the 2016-17 Goldwater Scholarship competition.

The Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to: encourage outstanding students to pursue RESEARCH careers in mathematics, computer science, the biological or physical sciences, and engineering and to foster excellence in those fields.

In awarding scholarships, selectors consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field as a researcher.  It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees in their chosen discipline(s).  

CAMPUS NOMINATION REQUIRED: Interested students must complete the campus nomination process and be chosen to represent the University of Iowa as an institutional nominee. The University of Iowa’s Undergraduate Fellowships Committee may nominate up to four students for the national competition each year. 

What is the campus nomination committee looking for in prospective applicants?

To meet the basic requirements for nomination, a student must:

  • have a GPA of 3.8 or higher;
  • be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior during the academic year in which they apply;
  • be pursuing coursework in math, science, engineering, computer science, or research psychology (not clinical);
  • have substantial undergraduate research experience (typically a minimum of one year is expected) and be a U.S. citizen, a resident alien, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a U.S. national.

Please note: Applications from resident aliens must include a letter of the nominee's intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Alien Registration Card.

Our Campus Nomination Committee is also looking for evidence of the following criteria in campus applicants:

  • Evidence of extraordinary academic and intellectual achievement – UI Applicants should have at least a 3.8 GPA
  • Substantial experience conducting research at the undergraduate level
  • Demonstrated vision and leadership within their chosen fields of study
  • Clearly articulated plans to pursue graduate work in the STEM fields 
  • Prospective MD/PHDs are only acceptable candidates if the medical degree is pursued in service of the research and when patient care is not the intended focus of the applicant.  

Important Dates* |  2016-17 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Competition

  • September 1, 2016 - New Goldwater website launches! To visit the new site, go to
  • Electronic Application Opens: September, 6 2016 - Click here to access the application
  • UI Campus Nomination Deadline: 12 NOON, Monday, November 7, 2016
  • Submission Deadline for Campus Nominees: January 27, 2017
  • Faculty Recommendation Deadline: January 27, 2017 

Establishing an early connection to the scholar development resources, workshop opportunities and tailored fellowship advising we are able to offer prospective applicants serves everyone involved in this challenging, but extraordinarily rewarding process. I look forward to your questions and to your applications.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to schedule a conference with Kelly Thornburg, Honors' Director of Scholar Development, as soon as they are aware of their interest in this and any other fellowship opportunity.  To do so, go to

Key Resources


Instructions for Applying for Campus Nomination

PDF iconInstructions for Applying for Campus Nomination - 2017 Goldwater Competition.pdf


UI Application for Campus Nomination Form:


Best format for download:

FileApplication for Campus Nomination Form - 2017 Goldwater Competition.docx


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PDF iconApplication for Campus Nomination Form - 2017 Goldwater Competition.pdf


For more information about our recent Goldwater awardees and this national fellowship for STEM researchers, go to

PDF iconUI students earn 2016 Goldwater honors - Visual Profile & Release - UI Undergraduate Fellowships.pdf

Congratulations to Kasra Zarei and Alexandra Bartlett on their success in this year's Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship competition! For more information on Zarei and Bartlett's recognition, click to your right! PDF iconUI students earn 2015 Goldwater honors - Visual Profile & Release - UI Undergraduate Fellowships.pdf

Check out the full list of Goldwater Scholars from the University of Iowa PDF iconGoldwater Scholars at the University of Iowa.pdf