Karlis Kaufmanis Scholarship in Astronomy

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Supports promising students majoring in Astronomy. Named in honor of Professor Karlis Kaufmanis, who joined the University as a visiting lecturer in 1961 and became an associate professor in 1963. He held the rank of full professor from 1970 until his retirement in 1978.


2021 Kaufmans Scholarship in Astronomy

Kaufmanis Scholarship

Alina Kaliszewski:

Alina is from Rochester, Minnesota. "This scholarship will help ease the financial stress of college, allowing me to focus more fully on academics. This will make it significantly easier for me to finish my bachelor’s degree and go on to graduate school to start working on my PhD, without having to take time off to work." Alina is most interested in the field of cosmology, particularly research on dark matter and the expansion of the universe. 

Cole Panzer:

Cole is from Waupun, Wisconsin. He plans to use the scholarship to pay for college education expenses (tuition, books, fees, etc.) "I have yet to jump into much research. However, I will be joining a research group with Professor Michael Coughlin and his team at LIGO to help with data analysis and programming. Outside of that, I am also a part of the Small Satelite Research Laboratory at UMN on the Detector team. There, I've been helping with the calibration of the detectors that will be used on a CubeSat in the project IMPRESS. As an astrophysics and physics major, I am interested in almost anything space-related; from the search for extraterrestrial life to black holes to gravitational waves. I hope to do research in subjects like these that I have been fascinated by since I was young!"