Sammamish, Wash., native and Washington State University genetics and cell biology major Zachary Howard has received from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation a $7,500 distinguished scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year.

Goldwater scholarships are among the most prestigious, nationally competitive awards given to students nominated by their universities. Winners are from science, technology, and engineering (STEM) fields, are academically high achieving, and have experience in, and aspire to, a career in research. Since 1989, the program has provided to U.S. students more than 8,100 scholarships totaling $65 million dollars.

“This is a huge honor for me and WSU, but also a compliment that recognizes my hard work,” said Howard. “Especially since I know the competition was tough.”

Howard, a future immunology researcher who will lead a university or government lab, brings to 38 the total number of Goldwater awards received by WSU students.

He is in the SMB STARS program, having had research rotations with Alan Goodman and Anders Omsland. He is also a member of the WSU Honors College.

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