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April 2, 2003


DALLAS (SMU) -- Clayton Mauldin, a sophomore chemistry major 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. Mauldin is one of two SMU students selected to receive the scholarship next year.

Mauldin is active in the SMU Chemistry Society and has been conducting research in the laboratory of Patty Wisian-Neilson. He recently presented the results of his research at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society. His career goal is to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry and pursue a research career in industry.

Mauldin is the son of Dr. Charles Mauldin and Barbara Mauldin of Baton Rouge, La., and a graduate of Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge.