Goldwater Scholars, NASA Rover Challenge, & Service Award (April 2017)

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation recently announced the 2017-18 Goldwater Scholars. This year 240 scholarships were awarded to undergraduate sophomores and juniors based on academic merit in mathematics, science, and engineering. A total of 1,286 students were nominated by college and university faculty in the Unites States. Read the press release here and see the full list of 2017 Goldwater Scholars.

Congratulations to the 28 Tau Beta Pi members that were awarded Goldwater scholarships. Click here for the list of Tau Bate 2017 Goldwater Scholars.


At the 2017 Human Exploration Rover Challenge hosted by NASA at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, the top three winners in the college / university division were: First place – University of Puerto Rico at Humacao; Second place – Rhode Island School of Design of Providence; & Third place – University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.

UC Denver Awards

In addition, the team from the University of Colorado at Denver team won the Neil Armstrong Best Design Award and the Rookie of the Year Award. The team of nine student-engineers consisted of six Tau Beta Pi members, including: Derique A. Duran, CO E 2017 (chapter president); Jared Harper, CO E 2017 (vice president); Lesley DiMarco, CO E 2017 (corresponding secretary); Skyler A. Bunce, CO E 2017 (recording secretary); Binh H. Dao, CO E 2017; & faculty advisor Joseph F. Cullen CO B ’69.


Frances E. Miramon, MS B 2017, has been named the 2017 recipient of the David Arnold Service Award at the University of Mississippi. The recognition is given to a student from the School of Engineering “who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve in the community and lead within the university.” Miramon is set to receive her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering this May.

She was selected based on the criteria of service, intellect, leadership, and character. Miramon’s service work includes volunteering with the Leap Frog tutoring program, promoting STEM education to local high school students, and serving as a School of Engineering ambassador (since 2015). Read the news article with more information, including her plans to pursue graduate degrees with an emphasis in transportation systems.


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