Rock Valley College

RVC Student Chosen for Exclusive Research Training Opportunity

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516

Rock Valley College student Max Adolphson is one of only eight community college students selected from around the country to participate in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), a ten-week NSF (National Science Foundation) -funded research training opportunity created specifically for community college students in physics and astronomy.

The training is being offered during the summer of 2014 at Texas A&M University. Mr. Adolphson will receive an award valued at $5,000 and will work directly under a faculty mentor on research in astronomy. He will also get to visit the McDonald Observatory for five days while in Texas.

This is the second year in a row that a Rock Valley College Astronomy student has been chosen for this prestigious and rare opportunity. Abby Becker earned the same honor last summer.

"I'm very proud of Abby and Max and feel that it is noteworthy that a student from my class has been chosen for this very selective program for each of the past two years," said Richard Ross, RVC Professor of Physics and Astronomy.