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Department of Biological Sciences

Matt Duggan awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate. The Foundation provides prestigious scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering,

Matthew Duggan is an undergraduate student mentored by Drs. Nate Senner and Time Mousseau who is pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Biological Sciences. He is passionate about exploring animal behavior and ecological change with respect to anthropogenic pressures. After being awarded the UofSC Magellan grant to work on an machine learning approach to inferring reproductive success in Black-tailed Godwits breeding in the Netherlands with remote tracking data, Matt has now been selected as one of the 410 Goldwater Scholars (out of over 5,000 applicants)! His research will develop the bond between ecological and computational biology, focusing on the link between fauna behavior and human pressures. Congrats Matt!

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