Graham Van Goffrier, a physics and electrical engineering major at the University of Maine, has been named a 2017–18 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The Norwell, Massachusetts native was awarded one of 240 scholarships to outstanding undergraduate sophomores and juniors nationwide who are studying mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.
SUMMER RESEARCH: Van Goffrier, who also is pursuing minors in nanotechnology and mathematics, has spent past summers involved in UMaine research in the Maine Software Agents and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Biophysics Research Group, and Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology. This summer, he will participate in the University of Michigan’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
BEYOND ACADEMICS: Van Goffrier has been involved in various extracurricular activities, including ice skating and theatre. He also launched a Rubik’s Cube club. He has worked as a teaching assistant and has been active in professional associations, including the student chapters of the Society of Physics Students, IEEE and Tau Beta Pi. Van Goffrier plans to pursue doctoral research in theoretical physics. He credits his UMaine professors and staff for much of his success.