April 7, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Elizabeth Kuperberg ’07 of Swarthmore, Penn., a junior at Amherst College, will receive a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for study next year. Only 309 scholarships were awarded to undergraduate sophomores and juniors in the United States this year. Kuperberg is the daughter of Mark Kuperberg and Susan Wright of Swarthmore, Penn.

Kuperberg, a junior majoring in biology at Amherst, plans to become a biology professor, concentrating on evolution or ecology. She has been active in the Amherst Equestrian Club, Anime Club and the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group. She wrote for the student newspaper, The Amherst Student, and The Indicator, a magazine.

The Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1986. Students are nominated by faculty members, and awards are made on the basis of academic merit to outstanding sophomores and juniors who plan to pursue careers in science, mathematics or engineering. Each scholarship covers expenses for tuition, fees, books, room and board, for as much as $7,500 annually.

Founded in 1821 for “the education of indigent young men of piety and talents,” Amherst College is now widely regarded as the premier liberal arts college in the nation, enrolling a diverse group of approximately 1,600 young men and women. Well known for its academic excellence, Amherst is also consistently ranked among the very best schools in the country in terms of accessibility: The college’s financial aid packages are consistently the most generous in the U.S., and among its peer universities and colleges Amherst has the greatest economic diversity. Diversity, in its broadest sense, is fundamental to Amherst’s mission. The college enrolls students from every state and more than 40 countries, and for the past several years more than 35 percent of Amherst’s students have been students of color. Amherst offers the B.A. degree in 33 fields of study.