NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College senior Luke Schmidt, a chemistry and physics major from Peabody, received the Thresher Award in Physics during the college's annual Awards Convocation May 12. The convocation, held at the end of each spring semester, recognizes academic excellence.
The Thresher Award is given to graduating seniors for outstanding and sustained contribution in performance areas, for outstanding creative achievement in the applied sciences, or for completion of an outstanding and substantial academic project.
"This award is designed to honor students who have clearly exhibited excellence in ability, character, integrity and performance. Luke's contributions to the Physics department, to Astronomy at Bethel College, and to the school in general are numerous, profound and varied," said Tracy Tuttle who presented the award. "Luke spent many, many long hours helping to install, develop and test the telescopes and instrumentation in Mabee Observatory in the new Krehbiel Science Center. He worked skillfully and tirelessly and was involved in all levels of the process."
Using the 16-inch telescope in Mabee Observatory, Schmidt searched for and analyzed asteroids as he prepared his senior seminar project on "Minor Planet Astrometry."
"Luke's work with the observatory and with his senior research project was nothing short of extraordinary," Tuttle said.
Schmidt was one of seven graduating seniors to receive Thresher Awards this year.