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The Association for Women in Science presents 2014 Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award

Tuesday, July 22, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Allison Kimble
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WASHINGTON DC, July 22, 2014 The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) with the Society for Physics Students presented the 2014 Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award* to Angela M. Ludvigsen of St. Paul, Minn.

Ludvigsen, a rising junior at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, is majoring in physics and mathematics with an outstanding 4.0 grade point average.  In addition to her challenging course load, she finds time to tutor in math and physics and served as a Chancellor Student Ambassador. 

“This award makes it possible to purse my dream of obtaining a PhD in Physics and making meaningful contribution to science,” Ludvigsen wrote. “I am determined to work hard to deserve the honor bestowed upon me.”

In the coming year, Ludvigsen will manage the Physics Study Center and will serve as the president of SURSCA, an organization that reviews and approves student applications for research grants.  She is a McNair Scholar and was recently inducted into ΣΠΣ, the physics honor society.  As a member of the Society for Physics Students, Angela is currently serving as her chapter’s vice president.

The Lorentzen Award supports young, motivated women in their sophomore or junior year of college who are majoring in physics, including space physics and geophysics, or geoscience. AWIS continually seeks to champion the interests on women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and strives to ensure that all women can achieve their full potential.  AWIS makes every effort to support young women through their education and combat the sharp drop-off rate seen among women early in their careers in the STEM fields.

Applicants for the Lorentzen Award must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who attend a college or university in the United States. Reviewers consider academic achievement as well as commitment and accomplishments in non-academic pursuits or success in overcoming significant barriers. The award may be used for any aspect of education, including tuition, books, housing, or travel.

Founded in 1971, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-discipline organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  We are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors.  AWIS reaches more than 15,000 professionals in STEM with members and chapters nationwide.  Membership is open to any individual who supports the vision and mission of AWIS.

*The Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award is an AWIS program for college sophomores and juniors studying physics, including space physics and geophysics, or geoscience. The award in the amount of $2,000 is given annually by the Society for Physics Students on behalf of AWIS to an exceptionally well-rounded student who excels in her studies as well as outdoor activities, service, sports, music, or other non-academic pursuits or who has overcome significant obstacles.

The award is named for Kirsten R. Lorentzen who completed her Ph.D. in Geophysics at the University of Washington in 1999. She had graduated with a B.A. in physics from Dartmouth College in 1991, and then, prior to graduate school, served in the Peace Corps, teaching high school science in Punta Gorda, Belize. After her Ph.D., she worked as a research scientist at The Aerospace Corporation, studying northern lights and other magnetospheric phenomena. The research took her to the Arctic and Antarctica. Dr. Lorentzen loved the outdoors and being active: she ran cross-country and track and also loved to ski. She played French horn in bands, orchestras, and quintets starting from age 11. She also valued community service and tutored children in Seattle and Long Beach. She died in December 2002 from complications of treatment for lymphoma, leaving a young son, her husband, and loving family.


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