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Two Loyola students honored by Goldwater scholarship program

| By Stephanie Weaver
Nicole Schneider, ’19, and Zachary Metzler, ’20
Nicole Schneider, ’19, and Zachary Metzler, ’20
Loyola University Maryland students Nicole Schneider, ’19, and Zachary Metzler, ’20, were honorable mentions for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship this year. 

The students were recognized by the prestigious national program for their outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Schneider and Metzler were nominated by Loyola STEM faculty.  

“A Goldwater nomination is an honor for Loyola and speaks to the strength of Loyola’s STEM programs,” said Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, J.D., interim director of National Fellowships for Loyola, and professor of law and social responsibility. “Our faculty are dedicated to working with students to develop research skills that will not only serve them beyond their college careers but also gains national attention from scholarships, fellowships, and other institutions.” 

Schneider is an applied math and computer science major from Stony Brook, NY. At Loyola, she is part of the math/stat club; Scientista, Loyola’s women in STEM club; Women in Technology club; Robotics club; Pi Mu Epsilon, the math honor society; and Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the computer science honor society

Metzler is a math and physics major from Timonium, Md., and a member of the men’s swimming and diving team. 

Both students will continue their research in hopes of winning the Goldwater Scholarship next year. 

The Goldwater scholarship program was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served for 56 years as a soldier and statesman. The creation of this program fosters and encourages excellence in science and mathematics and provides a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research. Up to 300 scholarships are awarded each year, and monetary awards can be used for tuition, fees, books, and room and board in the subsequent academic year.
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