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Goldwater award recipients (from left) Jim Talbert, Jackie Cantwell, Reggie Bain.
Goldwater award recipients (from left) Jim Talbert, Jackie Cantwell, Reggie Bain.

USC students win Goldwater awards

University of South Carolina students Reggie Bain and Jim Talbert have been named 2011 Barry M. Goldwater scholars.

Jackie Cantwell earned an honorable mention.

The 275 Goldwater scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,095 mathematics, science and engineering students, nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Bain, a graduate of Irmo High School, is a South Carolina Honors College junior majoring in physics and mathematics. He is the son of Reginald and Erin Keef Bain of Columbia. He is a Carolina scholar and Palmetto fellow and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Mu Epsilon honor societies.

Bain said he plans to earn a doctorate in high-energy physics and do research. He has worked in the lab for Milind Purohit in USC’s High Energy Group.

Talbert, a graduate of Waccamaw High School, is the son of Ron and Denise Talbert of Georgetown. He is a Carolina scholar, a Palmetto fellow and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is a South Carolina Honors College junior majoring in multidisciplinary studies, with a focus on physics, philosophy and public policy.

Talbert said he wants to earn a doctorate in theoretical nuclear or particle physics. He is conducting research with Dr. Fred Myhrer in USC’s department of physics and astronomy and has done research on the philosophy of physics.

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