The Goldwater Scholarship Program seeks to identify, encourage, and financially support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in science, engineering, and mathematics. Goldwater nominees are reviewed on their potential to advance knowledge in their chosen fields throughout their careers. Reviewers evaluate applications holistically, giving balanced consideration to all elements of the application. Important elements include a student’s academic record, research experience/research essay, career goals and professional aspirations, social and/or economic impacts that have influenced the applicant’s education, activities/accomplishments, recognitions, leadership, and recommendations.