2016 Scholarships awarded to SISH undergraduates in Physics

Fred Hoover Memorial Scholarship Fund

Fred Hoover was known throughout the university as a kind, caring, friendly and outgoing man who was a passionate believer in the importance of education. He enrolled at Florida International University in 1972 and was in the original graduating class as FIU’s first ever physics major. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1974, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from FIU. After he graduated, he remained at FIU as the Laboratory Manager for the Chemistry Department, until his death on Nov. 5, 1998. The Fred Hoover Memorial Endowment Fund was created to honor Mr. Hoover's memory by providing financial support to undergraduate students majoring in Physics at Florida International University.

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Thomas Hentschel

Thomas Hentschel is a native of Miami and is finishing his junior year at FIU. He is a Dean’s List student and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) scholar majoring in Physics, with minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. He has worked with an optical physics group at FIU to study the interactions of light and matter, and is currently doing research with the nuclear physics group to study the interactions of atomic nuclei. Additionally, Thomas is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma and the Society of Physics Students clubs. Outside of academics, he volunteers for a food pantry serving the poor and enjoys playing hockey.

The Southern Cross Astronomical Society Scholarship

The Southern Cross Astronomical Society’s mission is to improve the awareness, understanding and enjoyment of astronomy. The society is dedicated to making astronomy available to the public by encouraging research, providing telescope observing and educating through lectures and presentations. The Society is dedicated to providing financial support to students at FIU. Recipients of this award are required to major in Physics and minor in Astronomy. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

This year's awardee is:

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Patrick Ford

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