Written by: Christy Hammett
Two Texas Tech University students received the nationally competitive Barry M. Goldwater
Nicholas Bergfeld and Kevin McBride were two of the 317 scholars selected for the
2007-2008 academic year. Scholars are chosen on the basis of academic merit from a
competitive pool of 1,110 university nominees.
The Goldwater Scholarship covers the costs of tuition and fees up to $7,500 for up
to two years for students pursuing careers in mathematics, the sciences or engineering.
Many of the scholars have majors in more than one discipline.
Bergfeld, a sophomore Texas Tech biochemistry and psychology major from Lubbock, is
a research scholar with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He plans to pursue a
doctoral degree in neuroscience, with the eventual goal of leading a research group
in the field of biological psychology.
McBride, a sophomore chemical engineering major from Bridgeport, plans to pursue a
doctoral degree in either chemical engineering or physics. McBride’s professional
goals include research and fabrication of sensors that can detect and destroy potentially
environmentally hazardous nanoparticles.
Bergfeld and McBride are members of the Texas Tech Honors College, and they join 28
previous Texas Tech University Goldwater Scholars in their pursuit of academic and
Named for the late senator from Arizona, the Goldwater Scholarship is the premier
undergraduate award of its type and award winners have garnered the attention of prestigious
post-graduate fellowship programs, such as the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships.
Previous Texas Tech University Goldwater Scholars have gone on to win such internationally
competitive fellowships as the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and the National Science
Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. CONTACT: Christina Ashby-Martin, Texas Tech University, Coordinator, National & International
, firstname.lastname@example.org or (806) 742-1828.