Phillip Milner '10 Awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Phillip Milner '10 has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar for the 2009-10 academic year. Milner is among 278 scholars from across the U.S. to receive the Goldwater, the premier national undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
Milner is a chemistry and mathematics major at Hamilton. He received the American Chemical Society POLYED Undergraduate Award for Achievement in organic chemistry in 2008 and the CRC Press First-Year Prize in Chemistry in 2007. Milner was the recipient of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) /Dreyfus Grant prior to his freshman year at Hamilton, which enabled him to conduct summer research with a Hamilton science faculty member.
He has worked as a research assistant to Hamilton Professor of Chemistry Ian Rosenstein for two summers, and in 2008 conducted research with Dr. Gary Molander at the University of Pennsylvania. Milner's research interest is the applications of synthetic chemistry in designing novel polymers and catalysts for the design of pharmaceutical agents.
At Hamilton, Milner is a Writing Center tutor, nominated by the faculty to help other students edit and revise their work. He is an organic chemistry tutor for Centrex Clinical Laboratories in Utica. Milner is a member of the Hamilton College Orchestra and brass choir and gives private trombone lessons.
The Goldwater Scholars were 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. Virtually all recipients intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. The one and two year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. In 21-year history, the Foundation has awarded 5,801 scholarships worth approximately $56 million.