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KU Nominates Students for Astronaut Scholarship

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Congratulations to David Gier, triple-majoring in physics, interdisciplinary computing and mathematics, who is one of four students nominated by KU for an Astronaut Scholarship. This prestigious program, brought to KU through the efforts of Physics and Astronomy Professor Steve Hawley, was founded by the six surviving members of the Mercury 7 mission in 1984 as a means to encourage students to pursue scientific endeavors to keep the U.S. on the leading edge of technology. Astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs have joined the ASF, which has awarded $4 million in scholarships to more than 370 of the nation’s top scholars. David is currently working with Professor Joaquin Drut of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill after participating in a Computational Astronomy and Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates in summer 2014. A member of the University Honors Program and the 2013 University Scholars Program, he plans a career in the field of computational cosmology. He was nominated by nominated by Professor Phil Baringer and Professor Alice Bean in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. The full press release can be accessed at this link.