Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 8, 2003

Whitworth Student Wins Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
for Study of Math, Science

Caleb Hug, a Whitworth College junior double-majoring in physics and computer science, has joined a highly selective group of undergraduate math, science and engineering students receiving 2003 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships.

From a field of nearly 1,100 top students nationwide, Hug was among 300 Goldwater Scholars recently selected on the basis of academic merit to receive one- and two-year scholarships of up to $7,500 per year. Hug received a one-year award covering expenses for his senior year at Whitworth.

"Initially I felt some pressure to be extra smart, but I soon figured that I would just continue to work hard, doing the same thing I have been doing to get me this far," says Hug, a native of La Grande, Ore. "I enjoy school, and this award is an added bonus that further encourages me to do my best. It is kind of fun to be associated with students from some of the most prestigious universities in the nation."

Whitworth College Associate Professor of Physics Richard Stevens says the Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type and that Hug has earned it.

"In addition to his excellence in coursework, Caleb has worked on several projects on campus and is a co-author on two papers submitted to international conferences detailing his on-campus research with the computer science department," Stevens says. "In addition, he worked on a system for modeling air-traffic control by computer for the Boeing Company this past summer."

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in memory of former Senator Barry M. Goldwater and is designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Most Goldwater Scholars go on to Ph.D. programs where they continue to receive prestigious scholarships and fellowships for their graduate study. Recent Goldwater Scholars have received 55 Rhodes Scholarships, 55 Marshall Awards (including about a fifth of all U.S. students receiving each award in 2003), and numerous other distinguished fellowships and scholarships.

After graduating from Whitworth, Hug plans to enter a doctoral program in computer science and likely will focus his research and study on artificial intelligence, one of the strengths of Whitworth's computer science program.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Richard Stevens, chair and associate professor of physics, (509) 777-4508 or rstevens@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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