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LHU Student Earns Lotze Future Physics Teacher Scholarship

Brett PowellThe American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) has announced that they have awarded a 2016 Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers to Brett Powell. This is the second year Powell has received the award. Applicants for the Lotze Scholarship must declare their intent to prepare for, and engage in, a career in physics teaching at the high school level.

Powell, a member of the class of 2017 at Lock Haven University is from Watsontown, Pennsylvania and is a future high school physics teacher. As an officer in the University Physics Club, Powell has attended numerous science conferences and visited several prominent research centers.  He stated, "Receiving this scholarship two years in a row means a lot to me personally, but it also shows just how effective the physics education program is here at Lock Haven University."

According to Powell, his future plans are to, “teach physics at the high school level in Pennsylvania and be as active in my school and community as possible. I also hope to coach and referee soccer throughout my life.”

Michael Cullin, Professor of Physics and Secondary Science Education Program Coordinator
at Lock Haven University, said, "Brett is one of the hardest-working and dedicated students I’ve encountered in over 25 years of teaching. It’s been a pleasure to be involved in his development as a future Physics Teacher.”

According to their website, “The AAPT is the premier national organization and authority on physics and physical science education with members worldwide.

Our mission is to advance the greater good through physics education. We provide our members with many opportunities for professional development, communication, and student enrichment. We serve the larger community through a variety of programs and publications. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.”

For more information about the AAPT and the award please visit their website,

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit, email, or call (570) 484.2011.

Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.                     

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