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Source: Jim Hohenbary, 785-532-6904, jimlth@k-state.edu
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News release prepared by: Kristin Hodges, 785-532-6415, khodges2@k-state.edu

Thursday, April 1, 2010

K-STATE STUDENTS FROM DODGE CITY, LEAWOOD WIN GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIPS; OVERLAND PARK STUDENT RECEIVES HONORABLE MENTION

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Shane Scott, Dodge City, and Emily Tummons, Leawood, have won 2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. Andrew Satterlee, Overland Park, has been recognized as an honorable mention.

Scott and Tummons are among 278 students who will receive scholarships that are worth as much as $7,500 annually for their final one or two years of undergraduate study. The scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a pool of 1,111 applicants, according to the Goldwater scholarship program.

"This is great news for these excellent K-State students," said K-State President Kirk Schulz. "They are committed to scholarship and have done very well in their undergraduate research careers, and the Goldwater scholarship is a testament to that. I can't emphasize enough the work of our faculty, who mentor their students in the lab and classroom and play an important part in offering K-State students the best undergraduate experience."

With 66 total Goldwater scholars, K-State ranks first in the nation among 500 public universities. The scholarship competition is for outstanding science, mathematics or engineering students who have a potential for and a commitment to a career in their field. Nominees completed four mini-essays and one longer essay about a significant area of research in their field of study.

Scott is a sophomore in physics and mathematics. He is conducting research in ultrafast optics with Zenghu Chang, professor of physics. They are using attosecond -- one quintillionth of a second -- laser pulses to study electron dynamics in atoms and molecules. Scott is a member of the Collegiate Mathematics Competition team, physics club and math club. He is in the K-State honors program and has received a Putnam Scholarship through the Kansas State University Foundation. A 2008 graduate of Dodge City High School, he is the son of Louis and Janice Scott of Dodge City.

Tummons is a junior in biological systems engineering with a secondary major in natural resources and environmental sciences. She has been researching the population decline of the Yosemite toad, specifically focusing on the effect that climate change has had on the population because of decreases in the annual snowfall in the Sierra Nevada in the last decade. She is continuing her Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer project, which she did at the University of California-Merced with Eric Berlow, director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute Yosemite Field Station.

Tummons is a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Golden Key international honor society. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and a participant in the sorority's intramurals. She has received the Medallion Scholarship, Beckman Memorial Scholarship, the Regan Scholarship and College of Engineering scholarships through the Kansas State University Foundation. A 2007 graduate of St. Teresa's Academy, she is the daughter of Philip and Louann Tummons of Leawood.

Satterlee is a senior in chemical engineering with a secondary major in biological engineering and a minor in biology. He has been researching a new development for boron neutron capture cancer therapy. He created the project with his roommates, also engineers, and with help from their adviser, John R. Schlup, professor of chemical engineering. Satterlee is a member of the K-State Proud advisory board and has been a K-State Proud co-chair. He is a member of the Mortar Board national senior honor society, K-State Student Alumni Board, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and Icthus Campus Ministry. He has received K-State's Foundation and Kassebaum scholarships through the Kansas State University Foundation and an Extraordinary Student Award. A 2006 graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School, he is the son of George and Susan Satterlee of Overland Park.