Kansas State University's Shane Scott, Dodge City, won a 2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships.
Scott was among 278 students who received scholarships that are worth as much as $7,500 annually for their final one or two years of undergraduate study. The scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a pool of 1,111 applicants, according to the Goldwater scholarship program.
"This is great news for these excellent K-State students," said K-State President Kirk Schulz. "They are committed to scholarship and have done very well in their undergraduate research careers, and the Goldwater scholarship is a testament to that. I can't emphasize enough the work of our faculty, who mentor their students in the lab and classroom and play an important part in offering K-State students the best undergraduate experience."
With 66 total Goldwater scholars, K-State ranks first in the nation among 500 public universities. The scholarship competition is for outstanding science, mathematics or engineering students who have a potential for and a commitment to a career in their field. Nominees completed four mini-essays and one longer essay about a significant area of research in their field of study.
Scott is a sophomore in physics and mathematics. He is conducting research in ultrafast optics with Zenghu Chang, professor of physics. They are using attosecond -- one quintillionth of a second -- laser pulses to study electron dynamics in atoms and molecules. Scott is a member of the Collegiate Mathematics Competition team, physics club and math club. He is in the K-State honors program and has received a Putnam Scholarship through the Kansas State University Foundation. A 2008 graduate of Dodge City High School, he is the son of Louis and Janice Scott of Dodge City.