University of Tennessee
Materials Science & Engineering Department

Jakob Scroggins is Named a Goldwater Scholar
Knoxville, TN, April 1, 2024

Jakob Scroggins, a junior in the Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) Department at the University of Tennessee has been named to the 2024 Class of Barry Goldwater Scholars. The official Goldwater roster is here.

From the Goldwater site:
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate.

By providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, the Goldwater Foundation is helping ensure that the U.S. is producing the number of highly-qualified professionals the Nation needs in these critical fields.

During his first three years at UTK, Jakob has performed research under the mentorship of Prof. David Harper in the Center for Renewable Carbon on the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture campus. The award lists Dr. Lu Yu as a co-mentor. When Jakob was a freshman, Lu was a doctoral MSE student, who provided hands-on guidance to Jakob in the laboratory. He even appears as a co-author on one of Dr. Yu's papers. (As a point of note, this paper was published in the summer before Jakob took the "Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering" course!) Prof. David Keffer is also listed as a co-mentor, for his good fortune at being in the right place at the right time!

Jakob has participated in many excellent opportunities during his time at UTK and earned a number of recoginitions. We list a selection of these below in reverse chronological order.
Jakob continues to perform undergraduate research with Prof. Harper. He is working toward his own paper. In the summer of 2024, Jakob is headed to a SULI summer internship at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). After graduation, he plans to pursue a PhD in materials research.

Congratulations, Jakob on this prestigious recognition!

Visitors can congratulate Jakob personally via a linkedin post.

More photos on the Keffer research group site.