Grace Anderson

Grace Anderson 

Grace Anderson's chemistry research awards her a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship - making her one of the two first Goldwater recipients at FGCU

Grace Anderson

How did your mentor encourage and foster your research and academic trajectory?

Dr. Mirjafari has been my biggest inspiration to pursue a career in chemistry research. Through his mentorship, I have been able to take part in many amazing opportunities and have achieved more than I had thought possible. Below Grace Anderson (left) with her mentors Dr. Mirjafari (right) in the chemistry lab

Grace Anderson with mentor

What does the OCF mean to you?

The Office of Competitive Fellowships  has been an amazing community and resource that has supported me in applying for these many fellowships and scholarships. In the process of working with the OCF, I have learned how to write about myself and my career goals, as well as clearly define my aspirations and achievements. Finally, through the OCF I have met many successful peers in the FGCU community. 

What is the Goldwater Scholarship?

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields. 2020 Goldwater Scholars by Institution State  


Trying to make the best of this situation, Anderson, her fellow students and Dr. Arsalan Mirjafari, who has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, all came together to develop hand sanitizers in a chemistry lab.