Marietta College selects one Rickey Scholar for 2010-11

Laura Carpenter ’14 (Pennsboro, W.Va.) didn’t show a real interest in physics until her senior year of high school.

Since then, it has become her favorite subject. That attraction to physics also helped her become Marietta College’s most recent Rickey Scholar.

“Throughout this course I discovered that physics was very intriguing. Math had always been my favorite subject,” said Carpenter, who attended Ritchie County High School. “However, my interest grew in physics as I realized that it involved applying mathematics to solve problems relating to how the world works. I was fascinated by the many forces across the universe that explain why certain objects act in certain ways.”

Past Rickey Scholars

2009: Jennifer Kachel, Shelby Lee, Will Vance
2008: David Hickman, Ashley Parker, Tyler Stay, Frances Bolden
2007: Abigail Bogdan, Andrew Hout, Zachary Long, Chad Byers
2006: Ezekiel Hadley
2005: Andrew Foster, Kelsie McCartney, Carl Starkey
2004: Harrison Potter, Meredith Rogers, Daniel Stanley
2003: (William) Glenn Hollandsworth
2002: Seth Avery, Kevin Knoll
2001: Chris Cheng, Andy Coniglio. 

She said she also enjoyed studying one-dimensional as well as two-dimensional motion. “Furthermore, work, energy, and momentum were interesting topics that we discussed in the general physics and college physics classes that I took first and second semester of my senior year. All in all, the factor that influenced me to continue studying physics in college was the usage of mathematics to better understand what causes certain occurrences to take place in nature.”

Earning a Rickey Scholarship is extremely competitive. Recipients are chosen based on the application they submit, their grades and their interest in the study of physics. The scholarship is renewable annually for up to four years.

The Rickey Scholarship was created in 2000 by Marietta alumnus David M. Rickey '78, Jan Nielsen and the J&D Foundation.

“We look forward to her progress as a physics major and to her contributions to our program,” said Dr. Dennis Kuhl, Chair of the Physics Department.

Carpenter plans to attend graduate school after earning a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Marietta. “I have considered several options for a future career. I may go to medical school to become a doctor, specializing in geriatrics. Furthermore, I may get involved in some type of research work. I would like to use my physics degree to do something in the medical field if possible.”