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Michael Wineman '11 named Rossing Physics Scholar

By Claire Carlson '12
July 16, 2010

Michael Wineman '11 was one of three students selected nationally to receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Foundation through the Rossing Fund for Physics Education Endowment.

The award is given to outstanding physics students. Nine students from across the nation were selected to receive Rossing scholarships of either $10,000 or $5,000.

"It's an absolute honor to be chosen to receive this award," says Wineman, who is interested in pursuing a career in engineering with a focus on the field of mechatronics (which combines elements of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science).

Gifts from Thomas Rossing established the Rossing Fund for Physics Education Endowment in the ELCA Foundation in 2005. The goals of the scholarship program are to encourage top students to attend one of the 27 ELCA colleges and universities in the country, and to consider pursuing physics once they are there. Rossing taught at St. Olaf for 14 years, is a professor emeritus of physics at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, and is currently a visiting professor of music at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

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