Ashley Wheeler Nominated for 2007 Goldwater Scholarship

Ashley Wheeler, Manhattan, was nominated for the 2007 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.  The Goldwater scholarship competition is for students who major in science, mathematics or engineering and plan a career in research. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 annually for a student's final one or two years of undergraduate studies. To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average. They also must complete four mini-essays and write a longer essay about a significant area of research in their field of study.

Ashley is a senior in mathematics and physics, is performing undergraduate research related to testing various cosmological models with Bharat Ratra, K-State physics professor, and undergraduate mathematics research on the differential topology of pendulum motion under Ricardo Castano-Bernard, K-State assistant professor of mathematics. Wheeler has been recognized as a McNair Scholar and participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, where she constructed a small radio telescope under the guidance of Tim Bolton, K-State physics professor. She has been involved with Scholars Assisting Scholars, the S.Thomas Parker Math Competition, Mathematical Competition in Modeling, PiMu Epsilon mathematics honor society, Physics Club and KSDB-FM, K-State's student radio station. A 2003 graduate of Junction City High School, Wheeler is the daughter of Scott and Ramona Seymour, Columbia, S.C.