Physics major in running for Rhodes scholarship
Adam Summers, senior in physics from Lenexa, is one of two students from K-State to be nominated for the Rhodes national scholarship competition. He is also a 2012 Marshall Scholarship nominee for K-State.
"These nominees were selected competitively from a strong field of campus applicants. Their nominations reflect not only their talents and abilities, but also the countless hours of hard work they have dedicated to achieving excellence and reaching their goals," said Jim Hohenbary, assistant dean for nationally competitive scholarships. "We are proud to have them represent Kansas State University in the national competitions."
Rhodes scholarships are awarded to 32 students each year and provide full funding for one or two years of study at Oxford University in England. Marshall scholarships are awarded to as many as 40 students each year and provide full funding for one or two years of study in the United Kingdom. Nominees selected as competition finalists for either scholarship will interview in November.
Summers is a member and academic adviser for his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and a research assistant in physics. His honors and awards include: James R. MacDonald Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Scholarship, Leo E. Hudiburg Scholarship, and Branson and Cardwell Scholarship, all from the university's physics department; Sigma Phi Epsilon Sound Mind Scholarship; and Wabash Cannonball Scholarship from the K-State Alumni Association. Summers wants to study quantum and non-linear optics at either Oxford University or Imperial College London. A 2009 graduate of St. James Academy, Lenexa, He is the son of Lauri Summers, Shawnee, and Craig Summers, Lenexa.
Since 1986, Kansas State University has had more than 135 nationally competitive scholarship winners, including eight Rhodes scholars, 11 Marshall scholars, 26 Truman scholars, 68 Goldwater scholars and 22 Udall scholars.