Maura Cadigan, a 2013 graduate of University Laboratory School, is the recipient of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship.
She is studying aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University and hopes to pursue a graduate degree at a top technical school after completing her undergraduate degree.
Scholarship recipients must have a strong commitment to a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering, display intellectual intensity in science, mathematics or engineering, and demonstrate the potential for a significant future contribution to research in their chosen field, according to a news release.
Cadigan hopes to conduct research in advanced space propulsion systems upon completing her college education and to eventually teach at a university level late in her career, the release said.
Last year, Cadigan became the first Texas A&M student ever to be accepted to serve as a technical consultant on a multinational research team as part of the Stanford U.S. Russia Forum, the release said.
Cadigan is active in Texas A&M’s Student Engineers Council and the mechanical team for the Women in Engineering’s VEX robotics team. She also works as a teaching assistant.