Ian Freeman Named Goldwater Scholar in Physics – News

Ian Freeman, a junior physics, computational physics, and mathematics student at Illinois State University, has been named the 2022-2023 Barry Goldwater Fellow. The award is one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, known as STEM.

Freeman, a Plainfield, Illinois native, hopes to get a doctorate. in astrophysics. He plans to teach at the college level and conduct computational research on star structures.

“I wouldn’t have reached this point in my education without the support of friends, family and advisors, and it’s a recognition of the countless hours I’ve put in to get here,” said Freeman, who has presented at several national conferences and co-authored three articles for academic journals.

Freeman is in the Illinois State Honors Program. He is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Physics, Resident Assistant for the Math Living and Learning Community, and Section Leader in the Big Red Marching Machine. Freeman is a member of the ISU Physics Club as well as the national physics honors society, Sigma Pi Sigma, and the American Physical Society. He was a 2021 Office of Student Research Summer Fellowship holder in the FIREbird (Factory-mentored, Intensive Research Experience) program, under Assistant Professor of Physics Matt Caplan.

Dr Matthew Caplan

“These are not the kinds of accomplishments that come quickly or easily,” Caplan said. “Ian is the most persistent and hardworking young scientist I have had the privilege of working with. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this recognition.

Freeman will spend the summer working with Northwestern University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Astrophysics Exploration and Research in a National Science Foundation-funded undergraduate research experience program.

More than 1,200 natural science, engineering and math students have been nominated by academic institutions across the country to compete for the 2022 Goldwater Scholarships. Freeman is among the 417 chosen. Many researchers have published their research in leading professional journals and presented their work at professional society conferences.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Education Excellence Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifelong work of Senator Barry Goldwater.

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