Scott Garner, Avon High School Class of 2014, was one of four Ohio State University honors students to have been recognized by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. He was name a 2017 Goldwater Scholar.
The Goldwater is the most prestigious national award for undergraduate researchers in science, math, and engineering. Goldwater Scholars receive an award to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500.
240 scholarships were awarded to sophomores and juniors on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,286 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by colleges and universities nationwide. An additional 307 Honorable Mentions were also awarded. Each institution may only nominate four students for this award. Since the award’s inception in 1986, Ohio State has produced 55 Goldwater Scholars; 46 of the university’s last 48 nominees have been recognized as a scholar or honorable mention.
Garner, a junior honors student in chemistry at The Ohio State University, is investigating the spectroscopy of reactive chemical intermediates with Dr. Terry Miller (Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry). Garner’s current project analyzes the Jahn-Teller distortions in atmospherically important NO3 radicals through rotationally and vibrationally resolved spectra. Previously, he worked with Dr. Anne McCoy optimizing Diffusion Monte Carlo studies using Zundel water clusters. In addition, he spent a summer conducting toxicology research as an intern for the Federal Bureau of Investigations. When not focusing on his own academics, he helps other students excel in the sciences. Garner has served as a teaching assistant for the Department of Chemistry for multiple years, and was recognized in 2016 with their Distinguished Teaching Award. Scott also is active as Vice President of the Chemistry Club, a site leader for Pay It Forward, and a volunteer for Science Olympiad. After obtaining a PhD in physical chemistry, he plans a career as a university professor investigating topics in theoretical chemistry and spectroscopy.
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