Karlis Kaufmanis Scholarship in Astronomy
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.
2023 Kaufmans Scholarship in Astronomy
Hayden Da Silva
Joshua is originally from Madison Wisconsin, and his area of research interest is in dark matter and gravitational waves.
2022 Kaufmans Scholarship in Astronomy
Alyssa is originally from Lake Linden, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. "I plan to use my scholarship for tuition next fall to help lower my out-of-state tuition cost. I have not begun research at the University of Minnesota yet but hope to become involved soon. One area I am interested in researching is planetary geoscience. At this time, I am majoring in Astrophysics and considering adding an Earth Science major. Planetary geoscience would combine these two interests of mine. Another research area of interest would be to study the aurorae of Earth and other planets in the solar system. Although I have not yet researched at the University of Minnesota, I have assisted with research performed at Michigan Technological University. During the summers of 2019 and 2021, I worked at Michigan Technological University as an undergraduate research assistant in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. I was a lab and field assistant in the Forest Ecology Lab. I also assisted a graduate student with his assessment of soil carbon fractions."
Noelle is originally from Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Kate is originally from Maple Grove, Minnesota. "This scholarship will help me focus on my studies in my last year of undergrad. I work on the detector team in the SmallSat research lab with Prof. Lindsay Glesener."
2021 Kaufmans Scholarship in Astronomy