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Palmer High graduate wins Goldwater scholarship

Published: April 7, 2014, 4:49 pm, by Debbie Kelley
Ryan Dewey

Ryan Dewey

A Palmer High School graduate is one of three University of Colorado Boulder undergraduates to win a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for 2014.

Ryan Dewey, a junior majoring in astrophysics and physics, has been awarded the scholarship worth up to $7,500, along with Jasmine Brewer, a junior in engineering physics, and Brennan Coffey, a junior in chemical engineering and applied mathematics.

They are among the 283 winning scholars selected from a field of 1,116 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by faculty members from colleges and universities nationwide.

Dewey is working with Professor Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, to use data from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft now orbiting Mercury to explore how solar phenomena drive the processes of the planet’s magnetosphere and its wispy thin atmosphere known as the exosphere.

Dewey plans to earn a doctorate in heliophysics and eventually conduct research in space physics and solar weather. He also is involved with the university’s Presidents Leadership Class and works in the summer at a Boy Scout camp to help participants earn merit badges. He also enjoys camping, hiking, skiing and astronomy.