2022 Goldwater Scholars

Two Duquesne University Science Students Named 2022 Goldwater Scholars

Two Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences students nominated for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship have won the federally endowed award that encourages students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

Raegen Esenwein and Lindsay Moskal were among 417 students awarded Goldwater Scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. The Goldwater Scholars were chosen on the basis of academic merit from a pool of 1,242 natural science, engineering, and mathematics students nominated by the institutional representatives of 433 colleges and universities nationwide. Most Goldwater Scholars intend to obtain a Ph.D.

Raegen Esenwein, an undergraduate student from Bessemer, PA, is a biological sciences major with minors in mathematics, biochemistry, and women's and gender studies. She has been conducting research under the direction of Dr. Jill Dembowski for the last few years studying the role of topoisomerase 1 herpes simplex virus type 1 infections. Esenwein plans to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular biology and/or biochemistry after graduating from Duquesne University.

From Pittsburgh, Lindsay Moskal is an undergraduate chemistry major performing research studies under the guidance of Dr. Jeffrey Evanseck, a professor within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the area of theoretical chemistry. In the future, Lindsey would like to pursue a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and become a professor at a research-intensive university.

Since its first award in 1989, the foundation has awarded 9,870 scholarships worth approximately $71 million. Nine Duquesne University students have won the Goldwater scholarship. Each Goldwater Scholar annually receives an amount equal to the cost of tuition, mandatory fees, books, and room and board minus the amount of support provided for by other sources, up to a maximum of $7,500 per full academic year.