UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — John Groh, a Schreyer Honors College student and a National AP Scholar pursuing a double major in physics and mathematics, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the current academic year.
The scholarship initiative was established by Congress in 1986 to honor the late U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater and is awarded annually to undergraduate students who excel and wish to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. This highly prestigious and competitive award is granted to up to 300 students nationwide and is based on the student’s field of study, career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field.
During the summer of 2012 Groh was awarded a research assistantship at CERN, the European Center for High-Energy Physics, home of the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. During his assistantship his research adviser said he “demonstrated an outstanding capacity of self-organization, being able to work independently, organizing very well his analysis code and his time.”
Groh’s extracurricular activities include serving as field staff and secretary for the Penn State Outing Club, trip leader and secretary of the Nittany Grotto Caving Club, assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 74 and member of the Penn State Club Cross Country team.
After graduating in May, Groh plans to pursue a doctoral degree in theoretical condensed matter physics and seek a professorship at a research institution.