Published on October 7, 2013 by Sean Flynt  
Stevie Carnell
Samford University Physics major and University Fellows honors student Stevie Carnell, of Montgomery, Ala., is one of only 40 students in the U.S. selected by the American Physical Society’s Committee on Minorities in physics to receive the 2013-2014 Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors. This is the second year in a row that Carnell has received the honor.

The scholarship, founded in 1980, is open to any African-American, Hispanic, or Native American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is majoring or planning to major in physics, and who is a high school senior, college freshman, or sophomore. Each new recipient of the scholarship receives $2,000, and the scholarship may be renewed once, for $3,000. Renewal is not guaranteed. First-year recipients must repeat the entire application process if they seek renewal. The scholarship funds may be used for tuition, room and board and educational materials. In addition, each minority scholar is paired with a mentor at his or her university, and a mentor from the APS Committee on Minorities in physics.

“I can think of no one more deserving of this honor, said Alan Hargrave, chair of Samford’s Department of Physics. “She is one of the very best students I have worked with in over thirty years as a college instructor. “Her multi-faceted talents extend beyond the classroom, and she is poised to make remarkable contributions to science in the years ahead”.


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