Three UW-Madison students have been named winners of the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, for their undergraduate work in the sciences.

The university said by news release that Cory Cotter, Emily Jewell and Lucas Oxtoby were winners of the scholarship, while Elizabeth Penn was selected as an honorable mention.

The Goldwater Scholarship honors students in natural science, math and engineering.

Cotter is a junior from Pulaski, majoring in astronomy-physics, computer sciences, math and physics. He plans to pursue a doctorate in astronomy, the release said.

Jewell, a senior from Apple Valley, Minn., has a double major in engineering mechanics and mathematics. A doctorate in aerospace engineering is her goal.

Oxtoby, a junior from Howards Grove, is majoring in chemistry. He plans to earn a doctorate in chemistry.

Penn, a junior from Milwaukee, is majoring in geological engineering, geology and geophysics, and math.

The university said 1,286 students from 470 schools were nominated for the Goldwater scholarship this year, with 240 winning scholarships and 307 chosen as honorable mentions.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.