Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is a highly competitive, merit-based award for outstanding students in Mathematics, the Natural Sciences, and Engineering who are interested in pursuing a career in research. Sophomores and Juniors who have excellent academic records (a GPA of at least 3.0 and outstanding letters of recommendation) and a demonstrated interest in a potential for careers in these felds are invited to apply.

SDSU can nominate up to four students each year.

The core of the Goldwater application is the presentation of a compelling research project, clearly and concisely communicated to fellow scientists in two pages. This requires faculty input and multiple revisions.

Eligible fields of study

Eligible Criteria 

  • San Diego State University (SDSU) candidates should have a GPA of 3.7 or better. 
  • Outstanding letters of recommendation from respected faculty members. 
  • A compelling research project, clearly and concisely communicated to fellow scientists in two pages. This usually requires faculty input and multiple revisions–so get started ASAP! 
  • Students must be interested in a research career. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible, but these applicants need to demonstrate an interest in medical research rather than careers in private medical practice. 
  •  U.S. citizens, resident aliens or U.S. nationals. 
  • Full-time students who are at least sophomores and not seniors. 
  • Applicants must be nominated by their undergraduate institutions using the offcial forms of the Goldwater Foundation.

Campus Application Process

  • Attend an SDSU Goldwater Information Session
  • Create an account and pre-application within the Goldwater site
  • Schedule a meeting with Michelle Lopez by emailing

Goldwater Flyer 17-18

Information Sessions

Monday, September 18, 2017 
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Location: Love Library 430-431

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 
Location: Love Library 430-431

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
Location: Love Library 430-431

Dates and Deadlines

SDSU Campus Deadline
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm (PST) [New deadline]

Requires SDSU Endorsement 

SDSU Endorsement Application Deadline and  Deadline for Receipt of All Supporting Documents
Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm (PST)

Goldwater Foundation: Online Application Deadline 
January 26, 2018

Scholars and Honorable Mention Announcements
March 2018

SDSU Endorsement Application Mailing Address

National Scholarships and Fellowships

RE: SDSU Goldwater Endorsement Application

Division of Undergraduate Studies

5500 Campanile Drive, Admin 101

San Diego, CA 92182-1623

MC:  1623