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Goldwater scholarships go to two UofL students

Praneeth Goli, left, and Garrett McGrady

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two University of Louisville juniors, Praneeth Goli and Garrett McGrady, have earned Goldwater Scholarships.

The recipients were announced today 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.

Goli is a chemistry major in the College of Arts and Sciences who plans to earn medical and doctoral degrees in integrative physiology. He is conducting ongoing research at Harvard Medical School and at UofL’s School of Medicine focusing on pancreatic biology, metabolism and cancer.

McGrady, an electrical and computer engineering major in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, plans to earn a doctoral degree in electrical engineering. For more than two years, 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.

Goli and McGrady 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.