Chemistry and Biochemistry

Student in Dr. Austin's Lab Receives 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Posted: Apr 19, 2011

For the fourth year in a row, BYU students claimed the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a program established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry M. Goldwater and given to outstanding students in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering.

R. Terik Daly was one of two BYU students selected for the 2011 award. A geological science major, Daly studies the chemistry of micrometeorite impact with analytical chemistry professor Dr. Daniel Austin. He currently has a 3.96 GPA. Dustin D. Gerrard, a mechanical engineering and mathematics major at BYU, also received a scholarship.

"Daly has successfully charged neutral quartz crystals for acceleration to meteorite velocity in laboratory impact studies, and he is building a time-of-flight mass spectrometer to detect the chemical species resulting from these impacts," a news release states.

John Bell, the dean of Undergraduate Education at BYU, credited the awards to the "wonderful research opportunities" Daly and Gerrard have had.

"We also credit the strong academic record each of the applicants has maintained and the wonderful advisement they have received during their application process from BYU's Goldwater faculty coach, Randy Shirts," Bell said in a news release.

BYU news release