April 12, 2018

ATLANTA – Stamps Scholars Guy Eroh (University of Georgia), Corey Matyas (Louisiana State University) and Jesse Palmer (United States Military Academy) are recipients of the 2018 Barry Goldwater Scholarship, joining six Stamps Scholars who have previously received the award.

Named in honor of US Senator Barry Goldwater, the Scholarship encourages outstanding undergraduate sophomores and juniors to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Originally from Park City, Utah, Guy Eroh is concurrently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in ecology and a master’s degree in fisheries at the University of Georgia (UGA). His aspiration is to rebuild and sustain robust, diverse fish populations through the application of molecular genetics in the science of fisheries management. He conducted research on the cellular and ultrastructural causes of a hypopigmentation disorder in Southern right whales and hybridization in Chattahoochee bass populations. He is working on a project to investigate how varying hydrogen peroxide treatment regimens affect hatching success of walleye eggs and the growth of Saprolegnia parasitica on the eggs.

“The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to students who show the potential to excel in the future, not simply to those who have demonstrated past accomplishments,” said Eroh. “This is not lost on me, and I intend to use this award to open new doors so that I can continue developing the necessary skills to realize my goal of conserving the world’s fishes.”

Eroh is also a recipient of the Udall Foundation Scholarship, which provides funding to college sophomores and juniors for their work in fields related to Native American nations or the environment.

Louisiana State University (LSU) senior and Dahlonega, Georgia, native Corey Matyas is studying physics and computational mathematics. For the past two years, Matyas has been involved with undergraduate research, including participating in a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) with LSU’s Center for Computation & Technology. He presented his findings at a conference last summer and was awarded a travel grant for having one of the top poster presentations. He will present at two national conferences in the fall. In addition, he co-authored two journal publications and has a first author manuscript in preparation.

He said, “I’m incredibly honored to receive the Goldwater Scholarship because it recognizes my hard work in research and provides a strong foundation for even more work to come.”

Born and raised in Plano, Texas, Jesse Palmer is an honors chemical engineering major at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He works in the Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory at West Point, where he co-authored publications on his work with noble metal aerogels, which can be used to optimize catalytic reactions in batteries. He also collaborated with the Army Research Laboratories (ARL) in Adelphi, Maryland, to produce first-stage biosensors and formally presented his work at the Materials Research Society 2017 Spring Conference. He used Stamps funding to attend World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, and visit the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, to pursue his interest in water desalination.

He is also completing a minor in Eurasian studies, and represented West Point in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as part of the Foreign Academy Exchange Program. After commissioning in the Army and completing graduate school, he wants to develop batteries that enhance the energy capacity of prosthetic limbs with direct application to serving the needs of wounded veterans.

He plans to apply the Goldwater Scholarship to pursue further research in materials design as a means to optimize existing energy sources for applications in prosthetic and implanted devices.

“The Goldwater Scholarship has helped me solidify my goals of becoming a lifelong researcher, mentor, and scientist,” said Palmer. “My desire to attend graduate school and lead people-oriented research projects is greatly supported by this milestone.

These Scholars join a legacy of excellence. Six previous Goldwater Scholars graduated from Georgia Tech, Mercer University, Purdue University, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, and Wake Forest University.

The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation supports scholarships to students at 40 partner universities and colleges across the country. Scholars are selected for their academic merit and leadership potential. Stamps Scholarships often cover tuition, room and board, and other expenses as well as enrichment funds used for internships, study abroad, research, and other educational and professional opportunities.

For more information, contact

Connelly Crowe
Director of Communications and Scholar Experience