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Bethel to Award Four Physics and Engineering Program Scholarships

Students collaborate in recently-renovated Department of Physics and Engineering space.

The Department of Physics and Engineering has celebrated unprecedented momentum in the past few months, with a major expansion and renovation of its space in the Academic Center, the launch of a new stand-alone Electrical Engineering major, and two new full-time faculty joining its ranks.

The department has long garnered attention as one of the top 15 undergraduate physics programs in the nation, with consistent grant funding from major research organizations like the National Science Foundation. It has set itself apart with its stellar reputation for student research opportunities, top-quality faculty, and exceptional alumni—even more remarkable for a program within a university of Bethel’s comparatively small size. And on November 1, the department began accepting applications for a new Physics and Engineering Program Scholarship, which was designed to help attract even more high-achieving students into its growing degree programs.

“My hope is that this scholarship will attract the attention of prospective physics and engineering students who might not have considered Bethel,” says Deb Sullivan-Trainor, vice president and dean for the College of Arts & Sciences. “We have exceptionally strong programs and faculty, and I am excited that this scholarship may attract more students to be part of these programs.”

The scholarship carries a significant financial award, but will also be highly selective, requiring an ACT composite score of at least 28 or an SAT score of at least 1250, as well as an application and recommendation process where students can reflect on their particular interests and personal learning goals.

“It’s really about attracting top, high-achieving students,” adds Department of Physics and Engineering Department Chair Brian Beecken. “It’s so fitting that an excellent department has a scholarship that appropriately recognizes excellent students and provides a path for them to join us here at Bethel.”

Applications for this scholarship will be accepted through January 12, with on-campus interviews happening in early 2018. Scholarships will be awarded on March 16. Find out more about this scholarship, explore physics and engineering programs at Bethel, or view other scholarship opportunities for students. 

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