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March 28, 2003


DALLAS (SMU) -- Michael Shearn, a junior at SMU, has been selected to receive a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the 2003-2004 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 scholars were selected for 2003-2004 from a field of 1,093 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated nationwide. Shearn is one of only 17 students from Texas selected to receive the scholarship next year.

Shearn is a President's Scholar at SMU, triple majoring in electrical engineering, physics and mathematics. His career goal is to earn a Ph.D. in applied physics and create new types of computational and mechanical devices. This past summer he assisted in research at Stanford University, and this year he is studying mathematics in London, England.

Shearn is the son of Nancy and Michael Shearn of San Antonio and a graduate of Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio.