University of Mississippi Undergraduate Receives one of Nation’s most Prestigious Scholarships in the Natural Sciences

William MeadorMS EPSCoR CEMOs undergraduate student William Meador was selected alongside approximately 450 other undergraduate students across the United States as a 2020 Barry Goldwater Scholar. Each year, this award is given to the top undergraduate students in the country that demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing research-based careers in the future.

This award recognizes William’s hard work and dedication to scientific research, specifically in organic synthesis where he works to intelligently design novel emissive materials for imaging applications. This award also highlights William’s research capabilities to graduate programs and makes him a strong candidate for the nation’s top R1 institutions.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship was first awarded in 1989 and has since continued its mission to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate the potential to become the nation’s next generation of research leaders in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. As one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious awards given each year to aspiring undergraduate researchers, The Goldwater Scholarship is unparalleled in illustrating a student’s commitment to scientific discovery and makes them a preeminent candidate amongst graduate school applicants.

William was selected for his academic merit as a 4.0 student at The University of Mississippi, as well as for his work alongside Dr. Jared Delcamp to discover novel emissive materials for applications in biological imaging. William’s work has been published three times to date, including a first author publication this past spring in The Journal of Organic Chemistry, where William’s article was also selected for supplementary cover art.