Nathaniel (Nat) Brian Kell, Class of 2013, was recently named a Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The award is one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for undergraduates in the sciences.
Kell, who is from Upper Arlington, Ohio, was one of 275 scholarship winners from around the country and one of only 5 computer science majors. He was selected from a field of 1,095 students nominated by faculty members at colleges and universities.
A double major in mathematics and computer science, Nat intends to pursue a doctorate in computer science. His goals are to conduct research in theoretical computer science and teach at the university level.
One of the top majors in the Math & Computer Science Department, Nat has previously been awarded the Forbes B. Wiley Award in both his freshman and sophomore year. He was also chosen for the Chosaburo Kato Memorial Award and inducted into both Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics Honorary) and Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Computer Science Honorary). Nat was also named a Department Fellow for his junior and senior year. He is also a defensive end for the Big Red football team earning Academic All American honors.
Based in Springfield, Virginia, the Goldwater foundation was endowed by the federal government in 1986. The scholarship program is designed to support outstanding students in their pursuit of careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.