2016 Goldwater Scholar Thomas Grubb

The Goldwater Foundation seeks scholars committed to a career in science, mathematics or engineering who display intellectual intensity and who have the potential for significant future contribution in their chosen field. MSU has produced 42 Goldwater Scholars since the scholarship program was established by Congress in 1986.

The scholarship provides funding for undergraduate tuition and living expenses.

Honors College junior Thomas Grubb won the award. He is majoring in mathematics, advanced in the College of Natural Science and economics in the College of Social Science. Grubb worked as a professorial assistant for NSCL as a freshman. He is co-authored on the publication The Sensitivity of Core-collapse Supernovae to Nuclear Electron Capture and contributed to the weak-rate library. In 2014, he performed research on mathematic patterns and statistics as part of the MSU Undergraduate Research Institute in Experimental Mathematics. Most recently, he conducted research in probabilistic methods at East Tennessee State University.


He is from Haslett, Michigan and graduated from Haslett High School.

“Something in particular that I would like to do as a research level mathematician is consult for the U.S. government. I believe that mathematicians have a responsibility to use their analytical tools in the best way possible to help those around them,” Grubb said.

Honors College junior Hananiel Setiawan, who is majoring in physics in the College of Natural Science, received an honorable mention for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.