Roseville Review people - published April 11, 2017

Kendra Bergstedt

Kendra Bergstedt, a 2014 Roseville Area High School graduate who now attends the University of Minnesota, was one of four juniors in the College of Science and Engineering and College of Biological Sciences at the U of M Twin Cities campus to be recognized by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Bergstedt was cited for honorable mention as a Goldwater Scholar. The prestigious, competitive scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research-oriented careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Bergstedt, a physics and mathematics major, plans to complete a Ph.D. in physics and conduct research in space physics with an emphasis in instrumentation. She has been involved in a variety of research projects, including the synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystals with Professor Uwe Kortshagen, the measurement of anisotropic magnetoresistance of Heusler alloys with Professor Paul Crowell, simulating the motion of ions in the earth’s magnetosphere with Professor Cynthia Cattell and building a cubesat to detect x-rays emitted by the sun with professors Lindsay Glesener and Demoz Gebre Egziabher. In addition, she spent a summer at the University of Toledo studying properties of tin ions using the Heavy Ion Accelerator. She is a National Merit Scholar, a Christofferson Scholar and the flute section leader in the Pride of Minnesota Marching Band.


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