Kennesaw State University student receives Fulbright fellowship

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Zach Carter will study fusion energy physics at York University in the United Kingdom KENNESAW, Ga…

Georgia (Mar 27, 2014)Zach Carter will study fusion energy physics at York University in the United Kingdom

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 27, 2014) — A Kennesaw State University student has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Postgraduate Fellowship to the University of York in the U.K., a prestigious and competitive honor given to highly qualified students planning to pursue a master’s degree.

Zach Carter, a senior double majoring in mathematics and modern language and culture, received the award that covers tuition and a living stipend. In England, Carter will seek a master’s in fusion energy and intends to obtain a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering when he returns to the U.S. Carter resides in Woodstock, Ga., and graduated from Sequoyah High School in Cherokee County.

“Zach is a very accomplished student who has mastered a rigorous curriculum at Kennesaw,” said Mark Anderson, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Kennesaw State. “In addition to his course studies, Zach is providing peer learning support to introductory physics students by serving as a learning assistant. The highly competitive and prestigious Fulbright award is a tremendous accomplishment for Zach. This award reflects positively on Kennesaw State and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, as well as the Department of Foreign Languages.”

Carter’s recognition by the Fulbright Scholarship Board, the Institute of International Education, and the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission, was partly based on his academic accomplishments and his interest in fusion energy physics. This field of study has long offered hope of a greenhouse gas-free source of energy and power. University of York is a leading institution for this research in the U.K., and Carter is well positioned for the program due to the education he received during his years at Kennesaw State.

“I am very ecstatic about this award, and I can’t wait to begin my studies at York,” said Carter. “I’m interested in working as a researcher one day to help develop nuclear fusion, and this award is a vital step in my journey.”

Kennesaw State University physics professor Ted LaRosa has played a key role in Carter’s education and was among those who provided a recommendation to the Fulbright selection committee.

“Zach is highly motivated and completed several directed studies with the Kennesaw State physics faculty to prepare himself for advanced studies in fusion physics,” said LaRosa. “The accessibility and willingness of the faculty to work with individual students like Zach is another example of how Kennesaw State attracts some of the region's top students. Zach has acquired a unique skill set at Kennesaw and is now in a strong position to realize his goal of advancing research on nuclear fusion.”

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright program has been the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Its goal is to promote and foster bilateral relationships in which citizens and governments of other countries work with the U.S. to set joint priorities and meet shared needs.

The Fulbright U.S. Student program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright U.S. Student alumni represent a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, professors, and teachers.

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