Candidates for the Astronaut Scholarship, which provides up to $10,000 for a student’s junior or senior year, must be nominated by their university professors and must exhibit leadership, imagination and exceptional performance in their field of study. Only universities selected by ASF may nominate students for consideration. The accomplishments of the Astronaut Scholar alumni have profoundly affected the nation through technological innovations in health care, energy, defense, aerospace, homeland security, and much more. Emily Smith is majoring in physics and interdisciplinary computing. Since starting at KU she has worked with Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy Alice Bean and Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Her current research focuses on the search for the theoretical top-prime particle in relation to the recently-discovered Higgs boson. A member of the University Honors Program, she is involved in the Undergraduate Physics Committee and the professional engineering fraternity Theta Tau.
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