University of South Carolina

Two students get Goldwater Scholarship honors

Two University of South Carolina students have been singled out as honorees for the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship competition.

Sarah Pulliam, a South Carolina Honors College junior majoring in biology and English, has been named a 2010 Barry M. Goldwater scholar. Stephen Timko, a South Carolina Honors College sophomore majoring in marine science and chemistry, earned an honorable mention.

The 278 Goldwater scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,111 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Pulliam, a graduate of Providence Senior High School in Charlotte, is the daughter of Pamela Pulliam and Darrell Pulliam. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Gamma Beta Phi honor societies and is the recipient of several academic scholarships.

Pulliam said she plans to earn a doctorate in molecular pharmaceutics and conduct research in cancer etiology and therapeutics as well as pharmaceutics and pharmacology.

She works in the lab of Dr. Johannes Stratmann in the university’s department of biological sciences as part of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates and was awarded a Magellan Scholarship and Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She volunteers regularly with Project Pet and Keep the Midlands Beautiful.

Timko is the son of Lynn Pruitt-Timko and Joseph Timko of Vicksburg, Mich. He is the recipient of the McNair Scholarship, the most prestigious out-of-state scholarship for undergraduates, and a Lieber Scholarship for the university’s national merit finalists. He hosts a weekly jazz show on the campus radio station, works as a volunteer at the Waverly Center After-School Program and is the sophomore representative for the McNair Scholars Association.

A graduate of the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center (KAMSC), Timko began independent research in high school and received two of KAMSC’s Outstanding Research Project Awards in addition to being named an American Chemical Society Outstanding High School Senior. He is conducting research in the lab of Dr. John Ferry in USC’s department of chemistry and biochemistry and said he plans to earn a doctorate in chemical oceanography.

The Goldwater is awarded nationally to sophomores and juniors pursuing bachelor’s degrees in natural sciences, mathematics or engineering and intending to pursue careers in research and/or college-level teaching. Virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. in their respective fields.

This year marks the 17th consecutive year that USC has had one or more Goldwater scholars; USC has produced 36 since 1990.

The University’s Goldwater Committee was chaired by Dr. Douglas Meade of the math department and included Dr. Sarah Baxter of mechanical engineering, Dr. Scott Goode of chemistry and Dr. Briana Timmerman of the South Carolina Honors College), and Dr. Alicia Wilson (Geological Sciences) worked closely with all the University nominees in preparing their applications. The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs ( further assisted the Goldwater applicants.

Goldwater Scholarship

  • What: Competitive award given to nation's top undergraduates pursuing careers in math, science and engineering
  • Who: Sarah Pulliam of Charlotte wins scholarship; Stephen Timko of Vicksburg, Mich., earns honorable mention

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 04/05/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 04/16/10 @ 12:36 PM | Permalink