Michael Peters, of Munster, is one of 20 incoming freshman to be named a Cox Research Scholar at Indiana University in Bloomington.
A 2013 Munster High School graduate, Peters was chosen for the full scholarship after interviewing with university faculty and proving his motivation to pursue meaningful work outside of his studies.
The son of Joseph and Cheryl Peters, he will study physics and receive research experience under the guidance of a faculty member.
“Some of the most amazing objects and events in the universe were found or created through physics research. I want to see them firsthand,” he said.
“Since I want to become a physics researcher, having some previous experience in my field of choice will be instrumental for graduate school and my future career.”
“I was reading about IU's research in nuclear physics and found it extremely interesting, so that's definitely a possibility,” he added.
Although Peters in unsure in what area he will concentrate his studies, he is optimistic about his future.
“My ideal career would be a researcher at a university, government lab, or (in a) commercial research and development department,” he said.
“I trust that the faculty will direct me to where I can best utilize my skills and, by providing guidance in my research, prepare me for the work I intend to do for the rest of my life.”
In addition to his studies, Peters enjoys composing piano music and plays the trombone in multiple choirs. He is a member of St. Thomas More Church in Munster.