Patrick Mulcahey (C’19) recently won the Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier merit-based award for undergraduates in STEM fields pursuing a career in scientific research. At Georgetown, Mulcahey studies chemistry and plans to earn an M.D./Ph.D. in Medical Engineering in the future. After he finishes his education, he hopes to conduct research at the intersection of nanotechnology and medicine and teach at the university level. We would also like to thank his mentors on-campus: Dr. Jong-in Hahm in the Chemistry Department and Dr. Edward Van Keuren in the Physics Department.

In addition to Mulcahey, Jane Donnelly (C’19) and Matthew Park (C’19) were also recognized as honorable mentions. Donnelly studies chemistry and plans to earn an M.D./Ph.D. in medical oncology before conducting research in bioinorganic neurochemistry. Park focuses on medicine and plans to earn an M.D./Ph.D. in medical oncology before conducting basic science and translational research in immuno-oncology at a research hospital.

This is the first time that three of the four Georgetown nominees have received recognition for this scholarship and also the second year in a row that a Georgetown student has won the award. Last year, Ayan Mandal (C’18) was awarded the Goldwater and went on to win a Gates-Cambridge Scholarship this year. All of the nominees work closely with the Georgetown Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Resources to submit their applications.

The Goldwater Scholarship provides scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering in order to ensure that the United States can continue to produce top-tier professionals in these critical fields.