Cowley Earns Goldwater Scholarship


May 12, 2011

ECE Junior Benjamin Cowley is among three Carnegie Mellon students to receive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships to encourage the pursuit of careers in the sciences. Cowley was among 278 sophomores and juniors nationwide chosen from more than 1,000 nominations to receive scholarships this year.

A native of Buckhannon, W.Va., Cowley works with Assistant ECE Professor Byron Yu to develop interactive tools that enable visualization of high-dimensional neural data. He hopes to further his studies in neural computation, a scientific enterprise to understand the neural basis of intelligent behaviors from a computational perspective.

Juniors Robert Tisherman, materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering, and Stephanie Guerra, biological sciences and Hispanic studies, also earned Goldwater Scholarships.

"These students come with established research credentials, which is the real testimony to their undergraduate education at Carnegie Mellon; they represent the next generation of leaders in science, technology and engineering," said Stephanie Wallach, assistant vice provost for undergraduate education at Carnegie Mellon.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in engineering, mathematics and the natural sciences, and to foster excellence in those fields. Goldwater scholars receive one- and two-year scholarships up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. For more on the scholarship program, visit For Carnegie Mellon's press release on all three winners, see

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