Villanova University Student Named Goldwater Scholar – Times News Online


Posted on April 29, 2022 at 11:20 a.m.

Zachary (Zach) Boyer, a Villanova University student and graduate of the Marian Catholic High School Class of 2019, has been named the 2022 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. A Villanova College of Liberal Arts and Sciences junior, Boyer, of Tamaqua, was selected from more than 1,200 college-nominated students nationwide.

“As a Goldwater Scholar, Zachary will have a remarkable opportunity to continue the work he began as a research student at Villanova. He follows in the footsteps of previous Villanova recipients, many of whom have excelled as scholars in other prestigious national fellowship programs,” said University Rector Patrick G. Maggitti, Ph.D. “I congratulate Zachary for this honor and thanks the faculty and staff at Villanova who helped him achieve his academic goals.”

A chemistry graduate and recipient of the James C. Curvey Endowed Scholarship at Villanova, Boyer’s research has focused on the underlying chemistry of antimicrobial agents. A budding medicinal chemist, he aims to develop therapeutics for infectious diseases. The pandemic delayed Boyer’s attempts to get involved in lab research until spring 2021, when he began working with Dr. Matthew O’Reilly. In the summer of 2021, he received a Villanova undergraduate research grant and studied the synthesis of new molecules with antimicrobial properties (“Organic Synthesis, Identification, and Biological Analysis of anti-MRSA Dihydrofolate Reductase Inhibitors”). Boyer has presented at the Villanova Undergraduate Research Symposium, as well as the American Chemical Society’s 2022 National Conference. This summer, he will be working at Johnson & Johnson as a synthetic chemistry intern.

The Goldwater Foundation awards $7,500 scholarships to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering. It is widely considered the preeminent award for undergraduate students preparing for research careers in STEM.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Educational Excellence Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who served 30 years in the United States Senate.



Comments are closed.