Simmers Selected Goldwater Scholar

SALEM, VA- Jessica Simmers, a junior biology major, has been named a 2004 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Simmers was one of 310 Goldwater Scholars who were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,113 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

Simmers, from Downington, Pa., plans to pursue her Ph.D. in biology and conduct laboratory research combining the fields of genetics and microbiology. Based on her nomination as a junior scholar, Simmers is entitled to two years of funding of up to $7,500 per year.

"Jessica is intellectually first rate and holds herself to very high standards," Dr. Adrienne Bloss said. "She is also very committed to her research in biology." Bloss, professor of computer science and mathematics, is a member of the Roanoke faculty selection committee for scholarship nominees. "I can't imagine a more deserving candidate for the Goldwater Scholarship."

Simmers has been named to the Dean's list each semester at Roanoke College and studies history as well. She plans to do research in biology this summer at Roanoke College. Simmers is the starting goalkeeper for the Roanoke College women's soccer team for the past two seasons.

Simmers is a graduate of Villa Maria Academy in Malvern, Pa., and is the daughter of Michael and Claire Simmers.

The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have later been awarded 56 Rhodes Scholarships and 66 Marshall Awards.

Now in its sixteenth year, the Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency and has awarded 4,272 scholarships worth approximately $42 million dollars.

For additional information, contact the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282 or e-mail