Honors Student to Receive $10,000 from Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has chosen UCF honors student Christopher Frye as one of its 2012 recipients and will present him with a $10,000 check during the Knightsâ€™ Oct. 4 football game at Bright House Networks Stadium.
Frye, a double-major in physics and mathematics, will be given the check by former astronaut Edgar Mitchell during a second-quarter break in the football action against East Carolina University. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Mitchell, the sixth astronaut to walk on the moon, has been invited to the presidentâ€™s box to view the game, said Dean Alvin Wang of the Burnett Honors College.
Frye traveled to Switzerland this summer to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematical physics with a specialization in high-energy theory. He also wants to conduct research in string theory and eventually teach at a university.
The astronaut scholarship is given to undergraduate STEM students Â based solely on merit. The foundation annually awards 28 scholarships, and since 1986 has disbursed nearly $3.5 million to students nationwide.
Astronauts are traveling to 13 universities in September and October to present this yearâ€™s scholarships, including trips to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Southern California and Georgia Tech.