Oxford sophomore receives prestigious Goldwater Scholarship


Jerry Tang

The Oxford community is celebrating the announcement that Jerry Tang 21Ox is a winner of the Goldwater Scholarship, the top national scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences, and engineering.

Tang is one of four Emory students who were selected, and as a sophomore, he is the youngest among that group of scholarship recipients.

Tang named Michael Martin, Oxford College lecturer in environmental science, as one of his most influential mentors. 

“Professor Martin was my environmental science teacher freshman year, and I am currently doing biology/evolution related research with him through the Oxford Scholars program,” Tang says. “Specifically, the environmental science class I took with him was an extremely enjoyable class that also gave me a much more well-rounded perspective on the interdisciplinary topics of environmental science. Overall, in the past two years, Dr. Martin has been most supportive of me in terms of scientific knowledge, curiosity for research, and college life in general.”

Martin in turn had praise for his mentee, saying, “Jerry is such a bright student. He has a wonderful knack for getting people talking, whether he has a new insight to share or a question to pose. That's a great asset in the sciences. Being able to bring ideas together while not being afraid to ask questions is what moves the field forward. Jerry has helped move my research forward and I know he'll be a great asset to the environmental sciences as he continues to pursue research.”

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which awards the scholarships annually, was established by the U.S. Congress in 1986. It serves as a memorial honoring the lifework of Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. The scholarships are intended to ensure that the U.S. continues to produces highly-qualified professionals in the math, science, and engineering fields.

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