Two of Four K-State Students Nominated for 2009 Goldwater Scholarship Competition are Physics Majors
 

Frank Male

Frank Male

Kansas State University nominated four students for 2009 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships: Frank Male, Eudora; Ryan Gallagher, Olathe; Heather Arnold, Topeka; and Erik Stalcup, Wellington.  Both Frank and Erik are physics students.

The Goldwater scholarship competition is for outstanding science, math or engineering students who have a potential for and a commitment to a career in their field. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 annually for the scholar's final one or two years of undergraduate studies. Nominees complete four mini-essays and write a longer essay about a significant area of research in their field of study.

Male is a senior in physics and political science. He plans to pursue a doctorate in physics and either work for a small high-technology firm or a national physics research lab. At K-State, he has worked under Bruce Law, professor of physics, in the Liquefied Surface Physics group. He also has worked at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Germany. Male has researched liquid filaments in triangular grooves and the slip behavior of liquids, and he studied and wrote a program about fluid surfaces with air. At K-State, Male is a member of the Smith Scholarship House, where he has served as recruiting chair; the College of Arts and Sciences Council; College Republicans; and an opinion writer for the K-State Collegian. He also has judged elementary school science fairs for the Women in Engineering and Science Program. He has received a Putnam Scholarship, a James A. Branson Memorial Scholarship, a Basil and Mary Curnutte Scholarship and a Leo E. Hudiburg Scholarship. A 2005 graduate of Eudora High School, he is the son of Frank and Kallie Male, Eudora. 

Frank is currently spending the semester studying abroad in Gottingen, Germany completing research under the direction of Bruce Law.

Erik Stalcup

Erik Stalcup

Stalcup is a junior in physics with a minor in music.  He plans to earn a doctorate in physics and then conduct research at a national laboratory.  While at K-State, he has worked under Bruce Law, professor of physics, and also has worked at the Max Planck Institute in Germany.  Stalcup recently has researched the spreading properties of ionic liquids.  He also has worked with the Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Team and has studied gold nanoparticles.  He is a member of the Smith Scholarship House, where he has served as scholarship chair and a member of the Mediation Board.  He also has been a member of the K-State Marching Band, Pep Band, Latin Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band.  Stalcup received a Louis D. and Lillian Ellsworth Family Scholarship, a Boyer Educational Trust Scholarship, a Carl F. and Sarah Boell Muckenhoupt Scholarship, an Arts & Sciences Fund for Excellence award, a James A. Branson Memorial Scholarship, a Gayle C. Kramer Scholarship, a Basil and Mary Curnutte Scholarship, a K-State Presidential Scholarship and a National Merit Scholarship.  A 2006 graduate of Wellington High School, he is the son of John and Ood Stalcup, Wellington.

Erik received honorable mention in the scholarship competition.  The 2009 Goldwater scholars were selected based on academic merit from a field of 1,097 mathematics, science and engineering students nationwide.

Stalcup plans to earn a doctorate in physics and then conduct research at a national laboratory. While at K-State, he has worked under Bruce Law, a professor of physics. Stalcup recently has researched the spreading properties of ionic liquids, working in the Max Planck Institute in Germany and at K-State. At K-State, he also has worked with the Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Team and has studied gold nanoparticles.

Stalcup is a member of the Smith Scholarship House, where he has served as scholarship chair and as a Mediation Board member. He has been a member of the K-State Marching Band, Pep Band, Latin Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band. Stalcup has received the K-State Presidential Scholarship and the Basil and Mary Curnutte Scholarship. A 2006 graduate of Wellington High School, he is the son of John and Ood Stalcup, Wellington.


Courtesy of K-State Media Relations 

Source: Jim Hohenbary, 785-532-6904, jimlth@k-state.edu
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News release prepared by: Kristin Hodges, 785-532-6415,
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Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009