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Last week, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation announced the 2012 scholarship recipient awardees.
Sixty-eight students were awarded a total of $401,000 in scholarships. The recipient of the top Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund) $30,000 Platinum award is Scott Carlsten, a Los Alamos High School senior and burgeoning career scientist.
Carlsten builds solid rocket engines, which use the same fuel as the space shuttle. “I mixed chemicals into fuels and casted them into the engines. I had some very successful tests, but finally settled on the fuel that the Space Shuttle uses in its booster rockets,” Carlsten said. “Ever since I was given a telescope six years ago and used it to explore the enigmatic and beautiful universe, I’ve known that science is what I want to study and do as a career.”
Carlsten not only enjoys viewing the stars, he also likes to photograph them using special telescopes equipped especially for theendeavor. Carlsten’s photos are even posted on popular stargazing websites like Sky and Telescope. He plans to study physics and biology in college, but is undecided in the school he’ll be attending.
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