Three Washington University in St. Louis students have received the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, which honors students who conduct research in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

Lily Xu, a biomedical engineering major at the McKelvey School of Engineering.

Xu is a research intern at the School of Medicine, where she studies virus proteins and the Zika virus. Xu wants to conduct research in biomedical engineering with a focus on virology.

More than 5,000 college sophomores and juniors applied for the scholarship, which was established by Congress in 1986 to honor the legacy of U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater. Scholars receive a $7,500 award.

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