Three Colgate University Juniors Receive Goldwater Scholarships

Back to All Stories

Gavin Fowler ’24, Hayley Lenhard ’24, and Sarah Miller ’24 have been named as Colgate’s 2023 Goldwater Scholarship recipients.

The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the United States, identifies and supports college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields. Aside from the stipend and support, the Goldwater scholarship is often an integral stepping stone in the scholar’s research and scientific career.

Gavin Fowler

Fowler is an astrogeophysics major from Hopewell, N.J. He has been assisting with Associate Professor of Physics Jonathan Levine’s research to develop a prototype spaceflight mass spectrometer that could be used on future NASA missions. This summer, Fowler will continue this work at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo. At Colgate, he is a member of the cross-country and track and field teams.

Hayley Lenhard

Lenhard is a neuroscience major from Webster, N.Y. Last summer, she received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to participate in Princeton University’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). At Colgate, she is a research assistant in the neuroscience lab of Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Ewa Galaj and an Alumni Memorial Scholar. Lenhard has received funding from the National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program to help conduct research this summer in the lab of Heather Cameron, PhD. This fall, Lenhard will continue that research as part of Colgate’s Bethesda Biomedical Research Study Group, led by Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Biology Kenneth Belanger.

Sarah Miller

Miller is a physics major and biology minor from Hackettstown, N.J. At Colgate, she is a member of Professor of Physics Ken Segall’s team that investigates neuromorphic computing. During summer 2021, she conducted research with Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Ramesh Adhikari on the development of diphenylalanine (FF) nanostructures with the broader goal of developing bioelectronics for implantable devices. Miller is also is a member of the women’s lacrosse team. This summer, she will travel to Paris to join the University of Michigan’s NSF REU to participate in research in medical physics.