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Physics student wins Goldwater Scholarship

Zichun Chen
Alex Schumann

Zijun (Jimmy) Chen, a junior majoring in mathematics and physics in the College of Science and Engineering, has been named a 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Chen plans to pursue a doctorate in condensed matter physics. Under the direction of professor E. D. Dahlberg, Chen has conducted research on a variety of projects at the Magnetic Microscopy Center, including water deformation due to diamagnetism, quantification of magnetic force microscopy and domain wall pinning in permalloy nanowires.

A Presidential Scholar and a National Merit Scholar, Chen is also an avid pianist and leads the viola section of the University of Minnesota Campus Orchestra. Chen, who was born in Guangzhou, China, is from Roseville, Minn., and graduated from Roseville Area High School.

Chen is one of four University of Minnesota-Twin Cities undergraduates that have been named Goldwater Scholars. The prestigious Scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding sophomores and juniors in mathematics, science and engineering who intend to pursue research-oriented careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The scholarships provide up to $7,500 per year for up to two years of undergraduate study. All four Goldwater Scholars are enrolled in the University Honors Program.