LSU students named Goldwater Scholars

Two LSU students have been awarded undergraduate scholarships given in the sciences field, while two other LSU students received honorable mentions.

Brandon Oubre, of Norco, and Paxton Turner, of Baton Rouge, have both been named Goldwater Scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Rachael Keller, of West Monroe, and Paul Koenig, of Zachary, received honorable mention.

The Goldwater Scholarship program was created by Congress in 1986 in honor of the former senator and 1964 presidential candidate.

The program’s goal is to create a pipeline of qualified scientists, engineers and mathematicians by awarding scholarships to students intending to pursue careers in those fields.

Scholarships are awarded to approximately 300 college sophomores and juniors each year. Recipients are awarded a maximum of $7,500, based on merit and financial need.

Oubre is a junior pursuing a double major in computer science and mathematics.

According to an LSU news release, he is working in the university’s Robotics Research Lab to create a low-cost robot that can be used in classrooms to provide students with hands-on electronics and programming experience.

The university reports that Turner is a junior pursuing a major in mathematics.

He is currently researching an honors thesis on cluster algebras in LSU’s Department of Mathematics.

Keller is a junior mathematical sciences major, and Koenig is a sophomore chemistry major.