COSAM News Articles 2019 June Brady Unzicker Receives Scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Class of 2019

Brady Unzicker Receives Scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Class of 2019

Published: 07/02/2019

By: Maria Gebhardt

During the golden anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission, Brady Unzicker, a student in the Department of Physics, has been selected to be part of the Class of 2019 by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

“I’ve always wanted to be a physicist,” Brady explains. “I’ve always loved learning how the universe works from things as big as galaxies to something as small as an atom.”

Brady joins a prestigious rank of members whose 2019 class include 52 students from 38 different universities. Astronaut Scholarship recipients receive a $10,000 scholarship, a paid trip to Innovators Weekend, and most importantly life-long engagement with this organization including interaction with astronauts, alumni, and the entire foundation.

Brady was recently recognized at the Honors Convocation for the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) as the Outstanding Junior in the Department of Physics.

“The Department of Physics at Auburn University is incredibly inclusive,” he said. “I’ve always felt that everyone in this department wants the best for each and every student.”

Dr. Joseph Perez was instrumental in mentoring Brady and helping him strengthen his application.

“Dr. Perez met with me and gave me advice to present myself in the best manner possible,” Brady said. “He reminded me of the importance of giving my best not just to the scholarship committee, but in the larger world as well.”

Brady took Dr. Perez’s advice during this application process and continues to think of the big picture.   

“I believe one of the most important aspects of science is sharing with the community—whether it be communicating the results of our experiments, inventing something new to shape the world, or most importantly, sharing our passion with a new generation,” he added.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation program is personally funded by the Mercury 7 Astronauts, and Brady plans to continue this legacy of giving back through education.

“I hope to be a professor of physics so that I can keep learning about our universe and teach others about this fundamental science,” he shared.

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