University of South Carolina

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.

Bain and Talbert are co-founders of Carolina Science Outreach, which is devoted to clarifying media misconceptions of science.

Cantwell, a South Carolina Honors College junior majoring in chemistry and minoring in French, is a graduate of Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga. The daughter of Jeff and Jane Cantwell of Alpharetta, she is a McNair scholar, USC’s most prestigious award for out-of-state students. She also is a national merit scholar and plays saxophone with the USC Marching Band and the basketball pep band.

Cantwell has conducted research with Dr. Hans-Conrad zur Loye in USC’s department of chemistry and biochemistry and authored a peer-reviewed journal on her findings. She plans to earn a doctorate in inorganic chemistry and teach in college.

The Goldwater scholarship is awarded nationally to sophomores and juniors pursuing bachelor’s degrees in natural sciences, mathematics or engineering and who intend to pursue careers in research and/or college-level teaching.

This year marks the 19th consecutive year that USC has had one or more Goldwater scholars; USC has produced 38 since 1990.

For information on scholarships and fellowships, visit the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs (

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 04/12/11 @ 10:15 AM | Updated: 04/12/11 @ 10:50 AM | Permalink