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04-06-2007

Clarkson Honor Student is 2007 Goldwater Scholar

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Jeffrey M. Ward, a dual Mathematics and Computer Science major at Clarkson University, has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship. He is the 17th Clarkson student to receive the highly coveted award since the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established in 1986. ward-jeffrey

Ward, a resident of Brewerton, New York is a member of Clarkson's Honors Program, an intensive four-year curriculum for exceptionally talented students. The University admits only 30 new students to the Honors program each year. Ward is also a Clarkson Presidential Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, and has won several Mathematical competition awards and other academic recognition.

Christino Tamon, associate professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Clarkson is Ward's research supervisor. "Jeff's research lies at the intersection of two diametrically opposite areas: cryptography and machine learning," says Tamon. "Cryptography deals with hiding the known, while machine learning is about inferring the unknown. When they meet in a mixture of geometry and numbers, things get irresistibly interesting."

"Jeff exemplifies the type of focused, talented and hard-working student that is attracted to Clarkson's rigorous academic environment," remarked James R. "Dick" Pratt, Dean of Clarkson's School of Arts and Sciences. "His love of mathematics, curiosity and solid work ethic will carry him far in his quest to pursue a career as a research mathematician and teacher."

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater is designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Goldwater Scholars are selected for their academic merit from the nation's premier colleges and universities. Students are nominated by faculty members. The Foundation's trustees awarded 317 scholarships for the 2007-2008 academic year from a pool of 1,110 applications from college sophomores and juniors.

Ward's one-year scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500.

PHOTO CAPTION: Jeffrey M. Ward, a Mathematics and Computer Science major at Clarkson University, is the winner of a 2007 - 2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The award pays for tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500. Ward's essay for the competition focused on Mathematical Cryptology. Only 317 Goldwater Scholarships were awarded nationally.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Rick Burt, director of Media Relations, at 315-268-3873 or rburt@clarkson.edu.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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