Undergraduate Patrick McKenzie received an honorable mention in the highly prestigious Goldwater Scholarship program. Students cannot apply directly for the scholarship; they must be nominated by their institution. To be selected among all his peers at UT and then to receive an honorable mention at the national level is a testament to his promising research career potential.
Patrick also received an REU position at the Harvard Forest Summer REU program, working on a forest simulation modeling project.
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.