ATLANTA, GA- February 15, 2018 – University of Maryland Stamps Scholar Christopher Bambic is a recipient of the 2018 Churchill Scholarship, joining two other Stamps Scholars who have previously received the scholarship.
The Churchill Scholarship is an international, postgraduate award for students to pursue a one-year master’s degree at Churchill College, based at the University of Cambridge. Created in honor of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the scholarship is awarded to 14 American students each year to fulfill his vision of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic.
Bambic, from Euclid, Ohio, is majoring in physics and astronomy at the University of Maryland, where he is a Banneker/Key Scholar. His passion for space began at a young age. He was interested in the university because of the push for undergraduate research, which he began his freshman year. He studied energetic events in the cosmos with the HAWC Gamma Ray Observatory, an experiment located on a mountain in central Mexico.
In college, he interned at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna Pathfinder mission and spent a summer at Boston University studying heliospheric physics, the interaction between the solar wind and the rest of the galaxy.
He is involved in the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and the AstroTerps Astronomy Club. He gives back to the community, tutoring for the physics and astronomy departments, volunteering with the Catholic Student Center, and serving as a trustee with the Knights of Columbus chapter.
Last summer, Bambic conducted research with Professor Andy Fabian at Cambridge. He studied galaxy clusters at the Institute of Astronomy (IoA), building on his theoretical research at Maryland, where he used supercomputer simulations to study galaxy cluster heating. For his senior year, he shifted his research slightly to theoretical plasma physics, working with Professor Bill Dorland.
At Cambridge, Bambic will continue to work at the IoA with Professor Fabian and Professor Christopher Reynolds, his long-time mentor at Maryland and now a professor at Cambridge.
“I’m interested in plasma astrophysics, studying how hot turbulent gas and magnetic fields interact to produce some of the most energetic phenomena in the universe, from disks around black holes to astrophysical jets to the plasmas in galaxy clusters” said Bambic. “I’m excited to return to the IoA, where I found a wonderful academic family of people who love their work.”
Stamps Scholars Angela Harper (Wake Forest University) and Lisa Jones (United States Military Academy) are previous recipients of the Churchill Scholarship in 2017 and 2016, respectively. Harper is pursuing a master’s in philosophy in physics and researching lithium ion batteries, which are used for computational modeling. Jones completed a master’s in applied science in technology with an emphasis in pure mathematics.
The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation supports scholarships to students at 40 partner universities and colleges across the country. Scholars are selected for their academic merit and leadership potential. Stamps Scholarships often cover tuition, room and board, and other expenses as well as enrichment funds used for internships, study abroad, research, and other educational and professional opportunities.
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