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McCormick Student Named Goldwater Fellow

Fellowship supports students who intend to pursue careers in the natural sciences, math, and engineering

Northwestern Engineering undergraduate student Levi Hoogendoorn has been awarded a 2023 Barry Goldwater Scholarship, an honor that supports students who intend to pursue careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

Hoogendorn and the other Goldwater Scholars represent the scientific talent essential to ensuring the US maintains its global competitiveness and security, according to the Department of Defense (DoD) National Defense Education Programs. The DoD partners with the Goldwater Foundation on the scholarship program.

Levi Hoogendoorn

A total of 413 Goldwater Scholars were chosen this year on the basis of academic merit from 1,267 natural science, engineering, and mathematics students nominated by 427 colleges and universities nationwide. Many of this year’s scholars have published their research in leading professional journals and have presented their work at professional society conferences.

“I am happy to participate in the success of Northwestern students in the Goldwater Scholarship program,” said LaTanya Veronica Williams, associate director for STEM in the Office of Fellowships. “Each student worked hard on her application, and, as the campus representative, I enjoyed guiding them through the process. All three should have great success in their future careers.”

Along with Hoogendoorn, the Northwestern students honored were biology majors Kaitlyn Hung and Carol Magalhaes.

Levi Hoogendoorn

Hoogendoorn was born in the Netherlands and moved to Minnesota with her family as a 6-year-old.

She is a triple major in mathematics, materials science and engineering, and the Integrated Science Major, a rigorous honors major. A fencer, Hoogendoorn successfully balances Division I athletics with academics and research.

She is conducting research in the materials science lab of Professor Mark Hersam and earlier conducted summer research at Vanderbilt University. Hoogendoorn received the Northwestern Outstanding Materials Science Sophomore Award, the Excellence in Mathematics by a First Year, and the selective Kabiller award given to outstanding student-athletes. She prioritizes outreach as a student mentor and advisor.