Mathematics major Wigderson named Goldwater Scholar

April 16, 2015 3:50 p.m.

Yuval Wigderson

Photo courtesy of Yuval Wigderson

Princeton junior Yuval Wigderson has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, the premier award for outstanding undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. 

Wigderson, whose hometown is Princeton, is a mathematics major. He plans to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics and pursue an academic career. 

One- and two-year Goldwater Scholarships cover tuition, fees, room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Wigderson will receive the scholarship for his senior year and is among 260 scholarship winners selected from a field of 1,206 students nationwide. 

The scholarship program honoring Sen. Barry Goldwater was created as part of the Goldwater Foundation, a federally endowed agency created by an act of Congress in 1986. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 86 Rhodes Scholarships, 123 Marshall Awards, 123 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships.