has received a Goldwater Honorable Mention. Cameron is a junior Honors student from South Boardman majoring in applied mathematics and minoring in environmental studies.
About 150 Honorable Mentions are given to exceptional students each year who are not selected as Goldwater Scholars. According to the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program’s website, 271 scholarships were awarded to sophomores and juniors from institutions across the United States. Scholars and Honorable Mentions were chosen from a field of 1,107 applicants.
“I feel lucky to have gotten it,” Cameron said. “It’s really nice to know all my hard work has paid off, and it’s nice to be recognized outside of my university.”
Cameron said she hopes that being awarded an Honorable Mention will help her in the future when she applies to graduate schools and to jobs.
“Karleigh is very deserving of this recognition of an Honorable Mention from the Goldwater program,” Dr. Lisa DeMeyer, one of Cameron’s former professors, wrote in an email. “Karleigh enjoys a challenge and is doing everything she can to make the most of the opportunities she has at CMU. I have known Karleigh since her first semester at CMU and I am so happy that she is receiving this recognition for her outstanding academic work in mathematics.”
After returning from Singapore, where she is spending the semester studying at Nanyang Technological University, Cameron will do research for her senior Honors research project: modeling growth using dynamical models. She will be working with Dr. Leela Rakesh in the Mathematics Department.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have been nominated in the first place, and to actually have gotten an Honorable Mention is great,” Cameron said, “and I’m thankful for everyone who has helped me along the way.”
Cameron’s Honorable Mention is CMU’s first in five years.