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Weinberg Students Named Goldwater Scholars

Two physics double majors receive prestigious undergraduate award

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May 5, 2011 | by Amy Weiss

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University students Sascha Herrmann and Kyle Kremer, both physics majors in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, were named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars for the 2011-2012 academic year. 

Herrmann, a physics and mathematics double major from Chicago, will continue to conduct research in fluid mechanics and chaotic dynamical systems and hopes to earn a Ph.D. in physics. This summer, he will work at Northwestern’s Physical Sciences Oncology Center, focusing on the dynamical systems modeling of cancer. 

“The most meaningful work I’ve done so far at Northwestern was my independent research project in chaotic advection and inertial particle entrapment,” Hermann said. “I hope to continue working on this and to write a thesis on the topic of open chaotic advection.”

Kremer, a physics and music performance double major from Kettering, Ohio, plans to continue the astrophysics research he has been working on and hopes to pursue a career in both his passions. His recent research on a binary star system containing two pulsars was submitted to The Astrophysical Journal for publication.

“My goal is to get an orchestra job in a city where I can simultaneously pursue my graduate degree in physics,” Kremer said. “After graduate school, I plan to work as a physics professor at a research university and perform in a symphony orchestra.” 

Goldwater scholars frequently go on to win National Science Foundation (NSF), Marshall, Gates, Churchill and Rhodes scholarships. Three of this year’s seniors who won National Science Foundation Graduate Foundation Research Fellowship winners were previous Goldwater scholars, and, since 2006, eight Northwestern Goldwater winners have gone on to win NSF fellowships.  

Created in honor of former U.S. Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, the scholarship is given to approximately 300 sophomores and juniors in the United States pursuing a career in science, math or engineering. The Board of Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation chose this year's 275 scholars from a field of approximately 1,100.