Bales awarded leadership scholarship for scholastic performance in physics

Bales awarded leadership scholarship for scholastic performance in physics
May 24, 2007

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Kristyn Danielle Bales, a junior at Benedictine University and the daughter of Donald and Diane Bales of Downers Grove, has been named a recipient of a Leadership Scholarship from the American Institute of Physics and the Society of Physics Students. The award is presented to full-time undergraduate students at least in their junior year who demonstrate high scholastic performance in both physics and overall study, the potential and intention for continued scholastic development in physics, and active involvement in Society of Physics Students programs. Bales, a transfer student from College of DuPage, is pursuing a bachelor of science in both physics and biology at Benedictine University. A protégé of Benedictine University physics professor Andrew Wig, Ph.D., Bales’ current research at the University is titled “Macroscale Experimental Modeling and Analysis of Photon Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (PSTM).” Bales has accepted a NASA fellowship for Summer 2007 and will be doing research on bioastronautics at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Upon graduation, she plans to enter a graduate program in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. “Kristyn is an exceptional student and person,” said Timothy Marin, Ph.D., assistant professor of Chemistry at Benedictine University.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.