- Goldwater Scholarship (2013)
For Jason Walsman, growing up in homeschool was all about exploring. He devoured library books and spent countless hours outside investigating the insects, plants, and dirt, beginning a love of science that would continue to grow and blossom. As a current student at IUPUI, Jason is pursing degrees in Biology and Environmental Science, and has also completed substantial additional upper-level coursework in physics and mathematics.
He has received much recognition from the university for his dedication to academics, including appointments as an Honors College Mentor of Incoming Freshmen, and a Chemistry Mentor for Freshmen Chemistry. In 2010, Jason was recognized as the Outstanding Student in Freshmen Chemistry, and most recently, has been named a 2013 Goldwater Scholar. This prestigious scholarship is awarded only to students studying science, mathematics, or engineering, who are in the top 25% of their class.
Jason's career goals include pursuing a PhD in ecology, with the intent of researching and teaching at the university level. His early years as a homeschool student encouraged his curiosity, supported his interest in laboratory research and instruction, and have proved to be an invaluable experience in preparing him for a future as an explorer of science.