NatSci undergrad nominated for prestigious Churchill Scholarship

  • Nov 19, 2018
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Garrett King

Garrett King, a Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci) senior majoring in physics, was recently nominated by MSU for the Churchill Scholarship—a nationally competitive STEM scholarship that pays for graduate school in the United Kingdom.

The prestigious scholarship was established in 1959 by the Winston Churchill Foundation’s Scholarship Program to provide support to 14 of the most outstanding undergraduates in the U.S. pursuing graduate degrees in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences. The students will be part of Churchill College at the University of Cambridge in England.

“The Churchill Scholarship is very competitive, and I am honored that MSU nominated me for this award,” said King, who is also an Honors College student. “The diversity of the courses offered at the University of Cambridge would provide a strong foundation for my career and be a great opportunity in that regard. Exposure to the academic culture in the UK would also be a unique experience and would continue my growth as a student.”

King began his career at MSU as a professorial assistant to David Tomanek, professor of physics. Since the summer of 2017, he began work with Filomena Nunes, a nuclear physicist working at MSU’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, and Kendall Mahn, assistant professor of high energy physics.

“My research has primarily been related to nuclear theory,” King said. “One of the problems I work on is uncertainty quantification in reaction theory. The other problem I work on is studying how predictions of observables made with simulations of neutrino-nuclear interactions used for experiments compare with theory calculations.”

“I learned a lot from each of my mentors, and I am glad that I got to work with all of them during my time here,” said King, who hopes to continue working in nuclear theory as a graduate student.

"The Department of Physics and Astronomy is very proud of Garrett for being nominated for this prestigious award,” said Stephen Zepf, chair of the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy. “It is wonderful to see his accomplishments in the classroom and in research be rewarded in this way. It is also rewarding to see our students take advantage of the many opportunities in the department and on campus here at Michigan State to be successful on a national and international stage."

MSU has produced 18 Churchill Scholars.

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