University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Undergrad Scholarship

Harry and Viola St. Cyr Scholarship for Undergraduate Research


Provides financial support for summer or academic year research. A letter of recommendation from a sponsoring faculty member, with a commitment to act as research mentor, is required. Physics majors are eligible for this scholarship; Astrophysics majors are not.

Kendra Bergstedt

Bergstedt wins 2017 St. Cyr Scholarship

Kendra Bergstedt won the 2017 Harry and Viola St. Cyr Scholarship for Summer Research. She is originally from Roseville, Minnesota.She will be using the scholarship money to fund her summer research. She hope to develop a simulation of ions moving in the Earth's magnetic field in order to study how they interact with different kinds of waves.Bergstedt's research is focused on space physics, which studies objects like the Sun and the magnetic fields of the planets in the solar system.

Ryan Vogt

Vogt wins 2016 St. Cyr Scholarship

Ryan Vogt won the 2016 Harry and Viola St. Cyr Scholarship for Summer Research.

Lauren Schlenker

2015 Lauren Schlenker

Lauren Schlenker won the 2015 Harry and Viola St. Cyr Scholarship for Summer Research. She works with Professor Martin Greven's research group, growing and studying high-temperature superconductors in order to discover the physics behind why these materials work they way they do. She plans on using the money for tuition, and also treating herself to a nice laptop to use for my upcoming aerospace classes. She is originally from Woodbury, MN.

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2014 Nicholas Krueger

Nicholas won the Harry and Viola St. Cyr Scholarship. His research with Professor Paul Crowell focuses on the characterization of noise from spintronic devices, as well as using finite element modeling to simulate how electrons move through semiconductors. Nicholas will use the award for living expenses this summer as well as tuition next semester. He is originally from Madison, Wisconsin.

Kelly Stifter

2013 Kelly Stifter

Kelly Stifter won the Harry and Viola St. Cyr Scholarship as well as a 2013 TA Award. Kelly is originally from Shoreview, MN. This summer, she will be working with Professor Cushman on the CDMS experiment. “The St. Cyr scholarship will go towards next year's tuition and housing. With the outstanding TA award I treated myself to a new computer (which I was in dire need of).”

Noah Trebesch

2012 Noah Trebesch

Noah Trebesch won the 2012 St. Cyr Scholarship for Summer Research. Noah works with Yiannis Kaznessis of the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department on research dealing with solving the problem of fighting antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. His project will model a series of interactions between lactic acid bacteria, antimicrobial peptides, and pathogenic bacteria using software that Professor Kaznessis's research team has developed previously. He plans to use the scholarship to pay for tuition and textbooks. He is originally from Woodbury, Minnesota.


2011 Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith won the Harry and Viola St. Cyr Scholarship for Summer Research in Physics.


2010 Zijun Chen

Zijun Chen won the J. Morris Blair scholarship in Physics. He is originally from Guangzhou, China. His main interest in research is Condensed Matter Physics. He plans to use his scholarship funds toward living expenses and tuition for the next two years.


2009 Christopher Geach

Christopher Geach won the Harry & Viola St.Cyr Scholarship in Physics. Christopher is a a student in theoretical and particle physics. He plans to use the award money to continue his research in Professor Hanany's lab over the summer. He will also use the money to defray the cost of studying abroad next fall. He is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2007 Vanessa Cheesbrough

Vanessa Cheesbrough was the 2007 recipient of the St. Cyr Scholarship. She is still undecided on a focus for her research, but would prefer to pursue experimental physics. She has been been interested in galactic structure and evolution, but her work in Professor Shaul Hanany's observational cosmology lab has sparked her interest in this area as well. Cheesbrough is originally from Brookings, South Dakota.

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