FRIB Laboratory research assistant earns Barry M. Goldwater scholarship

Gabriel Moreau, an Honors College sophomore majoring in physics in Lyman Briggs College and music in the College of Music at Michigan State University, has been named a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. He works as a research assistant for Professor Oscar Naviliat-Cuncic at NSCL and in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Moreau is the 44th Goldwater Scholar from MSU since Congress established the scholarship program in 1986.

The Goldwater Foundation seeks scholars committed to a career in science, mathematics or engineering who display intellectual intensity and who have the potential for significant future contribution in their chosen field, providing them with funding for undergraduate tuition and living expenses.

“I am grateful and honored to receive this prestigious research scholarship and would like to thank my research mentors and all the people at MSU who have helped me, supported me and believed in my potential,” Moreau said. “I truly would not have been able to achieve this goal without them. I look forward to continuing my research here at MSU, finishing my degrees and going to graduate school. The Goldwater Scholarship is not only an incredible honor – it is an immense opportunity for me.”

Moreau eventually plans to pursue a doctorate in nuclear or plasma physics, conducting research in either nuclear fusion energy or nuclear medicine.

“I can simply say that I never met somebody as extraordinary as Gabriel,” said Naviliat-Cuncic. “He is perseverant when facing difficulties and remains focused and problem solving oriented. He has an outstanding level of academic preparation and computing skills and has made achievements to the research work of my group comparable to those made by a graduate student during a PhD thesis.”

“On behalf of the students, staff and faculty of Michigan State University, I am happy to congratulate Gabriel for being named a recipient of this award and congratulate the three additional students for receiving honorable mentions,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the Honors College. “Gabriel has been enthusiastic about engaging in research since he first came to the university and earning this award is a wonderful acknowledgment of the effort he has made thus far.”

Article courtesy of Stephanie Cepak, MSU Honors College