University of Rochester

Nicholas R. Slater Wins Goldwater Scholarship

April 18, 2002

University of Rochester junior Nicholas R. Slater has been selected to receive a Goldwater Scholarship. A graduate of Southern Columbia Area High School in Catawissa, Penn., Slater is majoring in mechanical engineering and will graduate in 2003. He will receive a grant of up to $7,500 to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

The Goldwater Scholarship, which is 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. The Goldwater Foundation has awarded 3, 632 scholarships since 1986.

Slater, a resident of Elysburg, Penn., is one of 309 students named a Goldwater Scholar this year. Nationwide, 1,155 sophomores and juniors were nominated for this honor, which is awarded on the basis of academic merit.

This summer, Slater will conduct materials science research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Materials Processing Center. Outside of the classroom, he plays intramural basketball and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Slater, who was recently elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, is one of three University of Rochester students who were awarded a Goldwater Scholarship this year.

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 arts, sciences, and engineering programs. College learning centers on the individual with a core mission of research and discovery for each student.