The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Barry Goldwater, a five-term senator from Arizona and Air Force Reserve major general. The scholarships support undergraduates who ““show exceptional promise of becoming this nation’s next generation of research leaders” and aim to pursue research careers in science, technology, mathematics and engineering fields.
Ruth, who is majoring in bioengineering and computer engineering, studies computational tools to improve health care access. He is also part of the UW Interdisciplinary Honors Program. He plans to pursue a doctoral degree in computer science.