Philippe David receives prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Excellence in Education Scholarship

April 24, 2018

Congratulations to Philippe David who was selected to receive the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Excellence in Education Scholarship. Philippe is an undergraduate student who is double majoring in chemistry and computer science. He works with Michael Grünwald in the Chemistry Department working on the design of novel algorithms that enhance high-speed molecular dynamics simulations of complex systems and materials, suggesting new ways of improving materials for solar energy conversion.

“I have been fortunate to have taken classes from professors Erin Parker, Miriah Meyer, and Aditya Bhaskara in the School of Computing,” said David. “The computer science courses have taught me how to write quality code that runs correctly and efficiently, I use these concepts everyday. Through my research in the chemistry department, I have gained an appreciation for the importance of computer science. This knowledge has been critical to helping my research address interesting and challenging problems in the field of science.”

Philippe aspires to pursue a PhD in theoretical chemistry and ultimately become a research professor that develops computational methodologies that help in the design of new materials and devices as well as train the next generation of scientists.

The Goldwater Foundation awards $7500 scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students. Awards are made on the basis of merit to students who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering.