is a National Merit Scholar who has been heavily involved in undergraduate
research since he was a freshman attending the University of Minnesota. Grant
has recently been awarded a prestigious Hertz
Fellowship to support his future graduate studies. Considered to be the
nation's most prestigious and generous support for graduate education in
applied sciences and engineering, the Hertz Fellowship is valued at more than
$250,000 per student, with support lasting up to five years.
Remmen will graduate summa
cum laude from the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering
this spring and will begin graduate school this fall in pursuit of his Ph.D.
Read on to get an inside look at Grant's experience at the University of
Name: Grant Remmen
Hometown: Detroit Lakes, MN
Majors: Astrophysics, physics,
Year of graduation: 2012
- Which U of M experiences have prepared you the
most for your future?
"The U of M offers a plethora of undergraduate
research opportunities. The ability to delve into research starting in my
freshman year and continuing throughout my undergraduate studies at the U of M has
well prepared me for success in graduate school and a career in science."
- What have been the highlights of your
time at the U of M?
been many academic highlights to my time at the U of M. Because of my
undergraduate research at the U of M, I was presented with many awards. A few of the
awards I have received include:
Astronomical Society Chambliss Medal for exemplary research
College London Dean's International Student Scholarship
Fellowship for graduate school
Science Foundation Fellowship for graduate school
"A major highlight from my time at the U of M was a May Session study abroad experience in Italy,
studying the work of Galileo and Leonardo daVinci. Spending a month in Florence
and Rome allowed me to gain unforgettable experiences in getting to know a new
culture and become globally engaged.
"My research experiences at the U of M have also been major highlights of my
undergraduate education. Working with the University of Minnesota's world-class
faculty, I have been able to conduct research on the Milky Way's dark matter,
black holes, and even engage in Hubble Space Telescope research on Eta Carinae,
a massive star system. These experiences have prepared me to excel in my
graduate studies and my future career as a physicist."
- Can you comment on your interactions with your U
of M professors?
"Undergraduate research has allowed me the opportunity of working closely
with remarkable faculty members at the University of Minnesota. By delving into
current research problems with the University's leading investigators, students
are able to develop connections with faculty outside of classes; the mentorship
of University of Minnesota faculty has been a key component in preparing me for
- Would you recommend the U of M to high school
students, and why?
"I would enthusiastically recommend the University of Minnesota to prospective
students. At the U of M, you will find challenging academics, engaging
professors, and cutting-edge research opportunities, which will well prepare
you to excel in a career or in graduate school."