Students named NSF Graduate Research Fellows!

Fikre Beyene ’16, Physics and Allison Zank ’14, Chemistry have been named National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows for 2016-2017. Fikre and Allison will receive a $34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to assist them in achieving a research-based master’s or doctoral degree. This year, there were close to 17,000 applicants for the awards, and only 2,000 selected Fellows. Sadie Tetrick ’16, Physics & Mathematics, was named Honorable Mention. An NSF GRFP indicates to graduate schools that these students are top undergraduate scientists in the nation. Congratulations to these students and the departments who mentored them.

Another year, another Goldwater winner!

Augsburg Physics major, Cameron Olson ’17, was awarded a $7,500 Goldwater Scholarship, the premier STEM award for undergraduates. Each college in the country is able to nominate four undergraduate STEM students, and this year, 252 awardees were chosen from 1,150 applicants nationwide. Cameron has conducted space physics research here on campus with Dr. Engebretson and will do a second summer of research this year at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab under the mentorship of Augsburg physics alumnus, Dr. Brian Anderson ’82.

Cameron Olson ’17 Selected as Rossing Scholar

Please join us in congratulating Cameron Olson ’17, who has just been selected as one of three Rossing Physics Scholars in the country. Each year, the ELCA awards a small number of $10,000 scholarships to recognize exemplary students in physics.

Olson, majoring in physics and minoring in computer science and mathematics, chose to attend Augsburg because of its physics department and began conducting research with Dr. Mark Engebretson his freshman year. He continued to build upon his research skills when he joined Augsburg alum, Dr. Brian Anderson, at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab last summer to conduct space physics research. He will return to Johns Hopkins this summer, and plans to apply for a PhD program in quantum physics or plasma physics next year.

A big congratulations to Cameron and the Physics department!