A student at the University of Central Florida has been awarded a prestigious scholarship that will help fund his education as he works toward a career in science and math.

Christopher Frye, a student in the Burnett Honors College, has been named a 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.

Frye is a double-major in Physics and Mathematics. Since Fall 2010 he has performed independent research in theoretical physics under the supervision of Costas Efthimiou, an associate professor of Physics.

This summer Frye will travel to Switzerland to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics with a specialization in high-energy theory, conduct research in string theory and eventually teach at the university level.

The Goldwater Scholarship was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, who served the United States for 56 years as a soldier and statesman. The scholarship awards undergraduate college students who have been nominated by their college or university and who intend to pursue careers in science, math and engineering.

Each scholarship covers tuition, fees, books and room and board for up to $7,500 annually.

To learn more about the Goldwater Scholarship, visit https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/.

At UCF, the Office of Prestigious Awards aids students throughout the scholarship application process. For more information about the office, go to https://opa.ucf.edu/.