Aaron Shoemaker ’22 (biochemistry)

Aaron Shoemaker stands outside and smiles with green grass and trees behind him

Aaron Shoemaker ’22

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship is offered to sophomore or junior undergraduate students who are intending to pursue a career in STEM research and who show potential of becoming lead researchers in their field. This scholarship awards the students $7,500 annually for use in paying for their education.

After many conversations with my research and academic advisers, I was nominated to apply for the Goldwater Scholarship. I looked at the scholarship as an opportunity to earn funding for my senior year and to grow my own research and career aspirations before applying to graduate school.

I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in medicinal or synthetic organic chemistry. I would love to conduct synthetic chemistry research at a university or at a research and development pharmaceutical laboratory. 

I chose to be a biochemistry major because I was amazed by the way I could understand biological phenomena such as physiological processes by studying how molecules interact and react with each other.

Anticipated highlight of the experience: I think the highlight of this experience for me will be the improvement of my research skills and chemical intuition as a research student. I am particularly excited about connecting with other Goldwater Scholars who have gone on to attend leading Ph.D. programs and significantly contribute to their respective fields. 

I am beyond honored and grateful to receive this scholarship. I view this scholarship not as a validation of my own achievements, but as motivation and encouragement to keep striving to improve as a chemist. 

I hope to connect with previous Goldwater Scholars and gain a broader perspective on what it means to earn a Ph.D. and conduct research at the graduate level. I also hope to continue with the research I outlined in my proposal. I hope to apply the skills and concepts I learned throughout the proposal-writing process toward making exciting discoveries before I graduate from Lafayette.

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