A fellowship from the U.S. Dept. of Defense is funding a University of Kansas graduate student’s research in nuclear physics and will guarantee him a two-year appointment with a federal office upon graduation.
James Lee Smith Bowen, a doctoral candidate in the university’s department of physics and astronomy, received a Science, Mathematics, Research, and Transformation Scholarship, which covers tuition and other education expenses and provides an annual stipend of $38,000. The grant was effective in August and will extend to May 2017, and after graduation, Bowen will work for two years in the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office at the John C. Stennis Space Center. Doing research in experimental high-energy nuclear physics, he is currently in residence in Switzerland at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research).
Bowen received the Carnegie Medal in 2012, as well as the Navy-Marine Corps Medal, the Navy’s second highest noncombat medal, for saving a 68-year-old woman from drowning in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 11, 2010. The woman’s car had been washed into a cornfield by floodwaters of the South Skunk River and began to submerge. Bowen waded and swam to the vehicle, removed the woman, and took her to safety, having to swim across a flooded ditch.