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Carleton College Students Earn Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

April 13, 2012

Northfield, Minn.––Carleton College juniors Milan Cvitkovic ’13 (Seattle) and Thomas Callister (Walla Walla, Wash.) have each earned a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

Mrs. Peggy Goldwater Clay, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, announced the Trustees awarded 282 scholarships for the 2012–2013 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States. The 1- and 2-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

A chemistry major with a concentration in biochemistry, Cvitkovic is a National Merit Scholar and has earned a spot on Carleton’s Dean’s list (top 10 percent of the class) for two years. He is a recipient of the Kolenkow/Reitz Scholarship for undergraduate research, and for the past year has researched Organocatalysis with professor of chemistry David Alberg and associate professor of chemistry Gretchen Hofmeister. He also held a research position at the University of California, San Francisco, this past winter. Outside of the classroom, Cvitkovic is a member of Lenny Dee, an on-campus sketch comedy group; volunteers with Carleton’s Acting in the Community Together (ACT) organization as a high-school chemistry and math tutor; and is the president and lead instructor of the Carleton Parkour Club. He is the son of Kate Turpin and Michael Cvitkovic of Seattle.

Callister, a physics major, is also a two-time Dean’s list honoree. For the past two years he has conducted research in astrophysics, specifically in pulsar astronomy, with Joel Weisberg, Carleton’s Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences. This past summer he accompanied Weisberg to Australia, where they worked at the Parkes Radio Telescope and collaborated with researchers at the Australia Telescope National Facility in Sydney. This upcoming summer, Callister will be studying nuclear physics at UCLA. Away from the physics lab, Callister’s passions lie in music. He’s played drums and percussion for many years, and he has been a member of the Carleton Orchestra, Symphony Band, and various chamber ensembles. Callister also participates as a member of Carleton’s Competitive Ballroom and Latin Dance team, and recently danced in his first competition in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He is the son of Tom and Shannon Callister, who now reside in Sagle, Idaho.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,123 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. For more on the Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education program, visit the scholarship webpage.