2010 - 2011

April 28, 2011
Petsch named Goldwater nominee

petsch2Junior Kevin Petsch of Commerce Township is Central Michigan University’s 2011-2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship nominee.  He is one of 1,095 college and university students from across the nation to be nominated for this honor. 

Commenting on his nomination, Petsch stated, “I am both honored and proud to be representing CMU for this prestigious national scholarship, and I would like to thank the entire faculty in the School of Engineering and Technology for their extraordinary help and support.  Countless lives have been inspired by their efforts.” 
“Kevin’s achievements make him a very worthy nominee of this prestigious award, as well as a remarkable example of the caliber of students attending CMU,” said Phame Camarena, director of the University Honors and National Scholarship Program. 
Petsch is working toward a degree in Electrical Engineering and will graduate in May 2012.  He began an internship last summer with CMU’s Department of Electrical Engineering.  Under the supervision of Dr. Tolga Kaya, he researched various engineering concepts such as microfabrication and the various methods of photolithography and deep reacting ion etching, electrodeposition, micro electro mechanical systems, circuit analysis, and analog circuit design.
Upon graduation, Petsch plans to pursue a doctorate degree and work in the industry concentrating on either analog circuit design or fabrication of self-sustaining nano devices.  Following graduate school, he hopes to eventually teach at the university level.
Congress established the Goldwater scholarship program in 1986 to honor the late Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona, who served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years.  The awards go to outstanding college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.  

Universities are permitted to nominate a limited number of students each year with the nomination representing a significant recognition in itself.

March 30, 2011

CMU National Scholarship Program underway

Central Michigan University announces a new National Scholarship Program led by Phame Camarena, director of the University Honors Program. This initiative, funded by the Office of the Provost, is designed to strengthen awareness, resources and assistance for CMU students. The program’s focus is on both honors and non-honors students pursuing prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships.

The program will identify and support CMU’s top academic students in annual competitions for prestigious awards including the Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, Goldwater, Madison, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman and Udall scholarships and fellowships. 
Anne Miller has been named coordinator of the program and will work with the CMU University Honors Office to coordinate communications and provide campus-wide assistance to both faculty and students.  

According to Camarena, these efforts are designed “to promote the accomplishments of our exceptional CMU students and to ensure that both the quality and quantity of our nominees for these awards is increased.”  
Executive Vice-President/Provost E. Gary Shapiro added that “CMU has many academically-talented students who are capable of competing nationally, and this program should offer crucial assistance so that their potential is recognized.”
Some of the key projects planned for this year include:

  • Developing a new National Scholarship website, which will be launched over the summer.  The website will include information on the national scholarship and fellowship programs and an overview of the application and nomination processes.  
  • Meeting with colleges and departments to educate the faculty who are in the best position to identify potential students for this program.
  • Sponsoring workshops and meetings to help students and faculty understand and prepare for the application and nomination procedures.  
To find out more about the National Scholarship Program, contact Phame Camarena, camar1p@cmich.edu, or Anne Miller, mille7al@cmich.edu.