Nora JohnsonK-State Physics Graduate Student is One of Three KSU 2009 Fulbright U.S. Student Scholars

Nora Johnson of Dell Rapids, SD, is one of three Kansas State University students who won a 2009 Fulbright U.S. Student scholarships for travels abroad.  Nora received a one-year fellowship. She is among more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who are traveling abroad for the 2009-2010 academic year through the Fulbright program. 

K-State now has had 50 Fulbright student scholars since 1975. 

"I admire all of these students for choosing to step outside their comfort zone in order to learn and live in an international setting next year," said Jim Hohenbary, K-State assistant dean for nationally competitive scholarships. "I know they will do a great job in making connections and building goodwill between their host countries and the United States, and it is exciting to think that K-State is going to be represented in Germany."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for study abroad, research abroad or English teaching assistantships. The program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as leadership potential. The Fulbright program was established under legislation introduced by late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is administered by the Institute of International Education. 

Johnson is a graduate student in atomic, molecular and optical physics. She is using the Fulbright Scholarship to study laser-molecule interaction in Germany. Johnson works with Itzik Ben-Ithzak, K-State professor of physics, in a research group studying molecular physics. She has co-authored numerous publications that have appeared in journals such as Physics Review A and the Review of Scientific Instruments. 

Johnson would like a career in an academic setting with an even workload of research and teaching duties. She graduated from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., with a bachelor's in chemistry and mathematics in 2005. At K-State, she has received the Timothy R. Donoghue scholarship. Johnson is a member of the Manhattan Ultimate Summer League, the Graduate Physics Student Association and the American Physics Society. A 2001 graduate of Flandreau Public High School, Flandreau, S.D., she is the daughter of Lawrence and Diane Johnson, Dell Rapids, S.D. 


Courtesy of K-State Media Relations