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NMSU student named Goldwater Honorable Mention

Mychael Sanchez, a junior majoring in mathematical sciences at New Mexico State University, has received honorable mention recognition from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

The foundation awarded 278 scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors across the United States. Another 169 students received honorable mention recognition.

"Mychael is a mathematician's mathematician - devoted to the discipline for its own sake and determined to push the boundaries of mathematical thinking," said Tracey-Miller Tomlinson, associate dean of the Honors College at NMSU.
Goldwater scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,111 mathematics, science and engineering students who are nominated by faculty members in their colleges or universities.

Sanchez worked closely with his mentors in NMSU's Department of Mathematical Sciences, as he developed a proposal in the field of algebraic topology, a branch of mathematics that uses tools from abstract algebra to study topological spaces.

Sanchez's proposal on algebraic topology focused on research he conducted while at Miami University in the 2009 summer, as well as research conducted at NMSU under the direction of Daniel Ramras, assistant professor in NMSU's Department of Mathematical Sciences.