Four Wesleyan physics/engineering students won Appalachian College Association STEM scholarships for 2010. Wesleyan's recipients are Heather Graffius, Chera Rogers, Kyle Allard, and Wesley Hughes.
The $6000 scholarships are designed for students with majors in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
Kyle had a NASA summer research internship at Wesleyan, where he worked in our laser lab on a nanotechnology project involving optical tweezers.
Wesley had a summer internship involving prosthetics of mechanical legs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Chera had a summer project in materials science at Florida State University. Kyle has also received two NASA research grants to study optical tweezers and magnetic fields beyond the solar system.
The award was the second major award for Heather this year. She was also awarded the $5400 Ledford award to seek knowledge essential for improving lithium batteries, which are widely used in hybrid electric cars and laptop computers. She also participated in a summer research project at Penn State involving lightning.