Morgan Elliott, a junior biomedical engineering major, has been named a 2014 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. She is the sixth SLU student to become a Goldwater Scholar since the first awards were made in 1989.
The Scholarship Program honoring Sen. Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding sophomore and junior college students to pursue research 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. Last week, the trustees announced the award of 283 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year from a field of 1,166 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.
An active undergraduate researcher, Elliott has participated in research with faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the transplant division in the School of Medicine and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She presented research she conducted at the University of Illinois, titled "Modulating the Induction of Myogenesis Through Electrical Stimulation," at the September 2013 Biomedical Engineering Society conference in Seattle. She is also the recipient of the 2013-14 NASA Minority University Research and Education Program Award.
Elliott has also been an active member of the SLU community. She is the founder and president of the Disability Services Club, which received the Outstanding Organization and New Student Organization Awards in 2013; is a charter member of the SLU Chapter of Alpha Eta Mu Beta National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society; and a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. She also serves as student representative to the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Elliott's career goals include attaining a doctorate in biomedical engineering with a focus on tissue engineering and biomaterials in order to work with surgeons and physicians in order to improve patient quality of life.
The Goldwater Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 80 Rhodes Scholarships, 117 Marshall Awards, 112 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships.
Since its first award in 1989, the Goldwater Foundation has bestowed 7,163 scholarships worth approximately 46 million dollars. The Trustees plan to award about three hundred scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.