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Physics major, Madalyn Gragg, receives prestigious Goldwater scholarship

By Steve Lundeberg

Madalyn Gragg is one of three Oregon State students to be selected as a 2024 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. This is the nation's top award for sophomores and juniors studying science, engineering or mathematics.

Madalyn Gragg of Wamic, Oregon, is an Honors College student majoring in physics and mechanical engineering. She intends to obtain a doctorate in chemical physics. Gragg aspires to discover novel physical properties within optoelectronic materials with the goal of producing environmentally friendly and affordable electronics.

Science majors have won a total of 28 Goldwater scholarships — the most at Oregon State University to date.

Each recipient receives a maximum of $7,500 to use for any part of tuition, fees, books and room and board for the 2024-25 school year not covered through support from other sources.

To view the other two recipients read this Oregon State University article.

Madalyn Gragg stands in a plaid suit jacket in front of a poster.

Madalyn Gragg