Garrett McGrady named Goldwater Scholar

April 29, 2019
Garrett McGrady named Goldwater Scholar

Goldwater Scholar Garrett McGrady

Speed School is celebrating the announcement of Goldwater Scholar junior Garrett McGrady.

The recipients were announced April 26 for the prominent award, which goes to U.S. sophomores and juniors pursuing research careers in math, science and engineering. The $7,500-per-year scholarship helps cover education-related costs.

UofL has had five Goldwater Scholars in the last decade.

McGrady, who is also a Grawemeyer Scholar, is an electrical and computer engineering major who plans to earn a doctoral degree in electrical engineering. McGrady has been conducting research on microfabrication techniques in UofL’s Micro/Nano Technology Center cleanroom. He also completed a cooperative education program at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in 2018. His mentor is Kevin Walsh, Samuel T. Fife Endowed Professor.

"Without the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Walsh, I wouldn’t have had half the opportunities during my undergrad degree! I really appreciate his patience and confidence in me," said McGrady.

Praneeth Goli, a junior chemistry major at UofL, is also a recipient this year.

McGrady and Goli are both from Louisville and are duPont Manual High School graduates.

There were 496 Goldwater scholars this year, selected from a pool of more than 5,000 candidates. The program honors Sen. Barry Goldwater and is a preeminent scholarship for STEM careers.