Physics Department News Archive

March 31, 2004

Augustana's Kelsie Betsch Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

SIOUX FALLS - Augustana's Kelsie Betsch (New Ulm, MN) is one of the 310 undergraduate students in the United States selected to receive Goldwater Scholarships for the 2004-2005 academic year.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,113 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on November 14, 1986. The scholarship program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Betsch is a Dean's List student majoring in physics and chemistry. She won first place in the Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) fourth annual Undergraduate Poster Contest held October 18, 2003, at the University of South Dakota. Her presentation is entitled "Synthesis of 2H,5H-Dihydrofuran-3-YL Ketones."

Kelsie is the daughter of Leigh and Patricia Betsch. She is the tenth Augustana student to be awarded a Goldwater Scholarship.

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