Zhao, Waldrop Named 2018-19 Rossing Physics Scholars

Augustana students named Rossing Physics Scholars

Two Augustana University students have been selected as 2018-19 Rossing Physics Scholars. 

  • Junior Shitong Zhao, a physics, chemistry and math major from Beijing, China, will receive a $10,000 Rossing Physics Scholarship. In summer 2017, Zhao worked on a research project funded through the National Science Foundation titled "Ultrafast laser pulse shaping for adaptive femtosecond control" at Kansas State University. His research mentor/advisor is Dr. Eric Wells.  
  • Sophomore Trey Waldrop, a physics and chemistry major from Sioux Falls, will receive a $5,000 Rossing Physics Scholarship. In summer 2017, Waldrop worked on a research project also funded through the National Science Foundation titled "Data quality for the Darkside detector" at Augustana. His research mentor/advisor is Dr. Drew Alton. 

The scholarships are provided through the Thomas D. Rossing Fund for Physics Education Endowment, a fund within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Foundation, designed to recognize exemplary students in physics.

Augustana Physics Professor Dr. Eric Wells said the awards are well deserved. 

"Like previous Augustana recipients of these scholarships, Trey and Shitong have both combined outstanding work in the classroom with undergraduate research that contributes to efforts to understand questions at the forefront of physics."

Dr. Eric Wells
Professor of Physics
Augustana University

The Fund is named for Dr. Thomas Rossing, an accomplished physics scholar who chose to support the study of physics at colleges and universities affiliated with the ELCA by providing scholarships and other financial aid to extraordinary physics students.


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