Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson

CLEMSON — Emily Thompson, a senior physics major at Clemson University, has been awarded an Astronaut Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship, a stipend of up to $10,000, is awarded to students who demonstrate high academic merit in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.

“I am truly grateful for the support of the Astronaut Foundation in pursuing my goal to become a research physicist,” said Thompson, who is from Rochester, New York. “It’s a huge honor and motivator to continue pursuing this dream,” she said.

Thompson has been conducting research since her senior year of high school. Since then, she has participated in research projects at Cardiff University in Wales, focusing on gravitational wave detection.

This summer, Thompson is participating in a research program at CERN, located in Geneva, Switzerland, and known for its Large Hadron Collider, which is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

Thompson was also one of four Clemson recipients of the Goldwater scholarship this past year, a scholarship given to students who demonstrate academic success in engineering and mathematics.

She is the fifth student and the first woman from Clemson to have been awarded the Astronaut Foundation Scholarship.

To be eligible, candidates must be pursuing degrees in the fields of science or mathematics and must be nominated by a faculty member at their universities.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by the Mercury 7 astronauts in 1984, aims to help the United States retain its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships to undergraduate college students pursuing degrees in these fields.