University of Rochester

EVENT: University of Rochester Student Wins Goldwater Scholarship

April 10, 2003

University of Rochester junior Sarah Zubairy has been selected to receive a Goldwater Scholarship. A graduate of Islamabad College of Arts and Sciences in Pakistan, she is the daughter of M. Suhail and Parveen Zubairy of College Station, Texas. Zubairy is majoring in mathematics with a minor in economics and will graduate in 2004.

The Goldwater Scholarship, endowed by the U.S. Congress to honor the late Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, is designed to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Zubairy will receive a grant of up to $7,500 to cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

The 2003-2004 Goldwater Scholarship winners were selected on the basis of academic merit from a nationwide group of 1,093 mathematics, science, and engineering students, all nominated by faculties of colleges and universities. Zubairy is one of this year's 300 recipients.

Zubairy is active on campus as a teaching assistant and a member of the Society of Undergraduate Math Students. A residence hall advisor and a peer career advisor at the University's Career Center, Zubairy has also been a peer advisor leader for international student orientation and was vice president of finance of her sophomore class council. She has been a research assistant for summer mathematics research programs at Mount Holyoke College and Bucknell University, and this summer she will participate in a mathematics research program on modular forms and elliptical curves at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The University of Rochester (on the web at is one of the smallest of the most distinguished private universities in the country. Fewer than 3,700 undergraduates are enrolled in its College, the home of the arts, sciences, and engineering programs. College learning centers on the individual with a core mission of research and discovery for each student.