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April 10, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Alonso Gutierrez, a sophomore at Southern Methodist University, has been selected to receive a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the 2001-2002 academic year.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is one of the premier undergraduate awards of its kind in these fields. The scholarships, which are given to sophomores and juniors, cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Goldwater Scholarship recipients are nominated on the basis of academic merit by faculty members from colleges and universities across the country. Three hundred and two scholars were selected for 2001-2002 from a field of 1,164 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated nationwide. Gutierrez is one of only 16 students from Texas selected to receive the scholarship next year.

Gutierrez is a double major in physics and mechanical engineering at SMU. His career goal is to earn a Ph.D. in high-energy physics and conduct research at one of the particle accelerators such as Fermilab or CERN. This past summer he had the opportunity to do research with physicists at Fermilab, the highest energy particle accelerator in the world.

Gutierrez is the son of Miguel and Noemi Gutierrez of El Paso and a graduate of Montwood High School.