Tufts physics student wins recognition award from nonprofit organization

Former astronauts hand out the awards every yearBy Tucker Harrington

Lauren Wielgus, a senior at Tufts University, recently received a recognition award through the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Wielgus was recognized for her interest in physics, which has caused her to travel to Scotland and Japan.

Wielgus received the $10,000 scholarship, which was presented by the nonprofit organization, from astronaut and Tufts alum Rick Hauck, according to Wicked Local Somerville.

The nonprofit foundation was established by the Mercury astronauts in 1984.

Majoring in physics and maintaining a 3,83 GPA, Wielgus studied at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan in Tokyo and the University of Edinburgh. Wilegus hopes to move on to a graduate degree in her future.

"I am honored to present Lauren with this award, both as an astronaut and a Tufts alumnus," Hauck told the news provider. "She has already excelled in the field of physics at home and abroad. I have no doubt that she will go on to a bright future as a prominent explorer in new areas of scientific study."

According to the nonprofit's website, it has awarded nearly $3 million in scholarships to students nationwide since its inception.