HAO annouces the winner of the 2014 Newkirk Fellowship

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The only recipient this year and the first winner from MSU, Ricky Egeland learned about the fellowship just moments after passing the oral examination for his doctorate in physics. The Newkirk Fellowship will continue until he completes his Ph.D., which he expects will take two or three more years. The fellowship will take him to Boulder, Colorado, but he will remain an MSU graduate student.

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Ricky Egeland, an MSU graduate student in solar physics, is the 2014 winner of the Newkirk Fellowship from the High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colo. (MSU photo by Kelly Gorham).

Newkirk Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, scientific potential and the compatibility of the student’s interests with current research at the observatory. The HAO lab conducts research and provides support and facilities in the areas of atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere, long-term solar variability, and solar transients and space weather.

Phil Judge, who serves on Egeland’s Ph.D. committee and told Egeland about his fellowship, will be Egeland’s supervisor at the High Altitude Observatory.

“Ricky won this fellowship based on a proposal he wrote to study sun-like stars, in particular their magnetic cycles, in order to better understand and ultimately predict the solar cycle,” said his MSU adviser, solar physicist Piet Martens.

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