University of Kentucky student from Lexington awarded prestigious scholarship

lblackford@herald-leader.comApril 18, 2013 

Josiah Hanna, a University of Kentucky junior from Lexington, was awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, which was given to 271 students nationwide this year based on academic merit. Photo provided by the University of Kentucky.

A University of Kentucky student from Lexington has been awarded a prestigious national scholarship for math, science and engineering students.

Josiah Hanna will receive as much as $7,500 a year with the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, which was given to 271 students nationwide this year based on academic merit.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by Congress to honor the former Arizona U.S. senator. Since 1989, the foundation has bestowed more than 6,550 scholarships worth approximately $40 million.

Hanna, the son of David and Sarah Hanna, is a junior at UK, pursuing computer science and mathematics majors. He plans to pursue a doctorate in artificial intelligence.

"Goldwater is a big honor as far as being recognized as a student who has found success in research as well as showing potential to continue that success," Josiah Hanna said. "While there is a financial award, I hope Goldwater will help me be competitive for graduate fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Fellowship."

Hanna has been conducting undergraduate research with professor Judy Goldsmith in the Computer Science Department for the past two years in the field of artificial intelligence, with a focus on planning under uncertainty.

Linda Blackford: (859) 231-1359. Twitter: @lbblackford.

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