Earth and Space Sciences' Tyler Valentine, a 2018 Goldwater Scholar.
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Earth and Space Sciences’ Tyler Valentine, a 2018 Goldwater Scholar.

Three University of Washington undergraduates—including Tyler Valentine, a junior in the College of the Environment’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences—are among 211 students nationwide named as 2018 Goldwater Scholars. One UW student received honorable mention.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships are awarded to students who have “outstanding potential” and plan to pursue research careers in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering. The awards cover tuition, room and board, fees and books up to $7,500 annually for one or two years.

Valentine, a lifelong Washingtonian, is majoring in Earth and space sciences. He plans to pursue a doctorate in space science and engineering focused on using the resources of near-Earth space. He’s interested in planetary science and space exploration generally, but his main passion is asteroid mining.

“The idea is that you can go to an asteroid, latch on a spacecraft, and then extract a bunch of resources from it. My dream is to start my own asteroid mining company after pursuing a Ph.D. in space science and technology,” Valentine said.


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