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Two UT Austin Undergraduate Students Named 2020 Goldwater Scholars

April 7, 2020

Two undergraduate students from the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin have been awarded the 2020 Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious national scholarship given to students pursuing careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering fields. Zoe de Beurs and Cole Maguire are among 396 college students from across the country to receive the scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year.

Scholars are selected for their commitment to research, effective display of intellectual intensity, and potential for a significant future contribution to research in their chosen field.

Zoe de Beurs, a senior physics and astronomy major, was selected for her research on using machine learning to classify the black holes or neutron stars present in X-ray Binaries. By developing these novel classification methods, she hopes to improve our understanding of X-ray Binary population statistics, which can provide insight into the formation and evolutionary stage of galaxies.

Cole Maguire, a senior biochemistry major, was selected for his research on the effects of alcohol on disease onset and progression in a neuroinflammatory murine model of Multiple Sclerosis. He quantified anti-inflammatory short chain fatty acids present and pyruvic acid in fecal samples, which may explain alcohol’s protective effects in male mice.

de Beurs and Maguire will each receive up to $7,500 to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board.

Readers can go here to learn more about the Goldwater Scholarship and how to apply.