“I’ve always been a curious person. I like learning and I ask a lot of questions,” says Jacob Bow, a double-major in chemical engineering and math.
Fortunately, Bow has had ample opportunity at the University of Idaho to feed his natural curiosity. Since his first year as an undergraduate, he has been researching and mapping Titan, one of Saturn’s largest moons, alongside his physics professor, Jason Barnes. He is also in the process of publishing an article with his chemical engineering professor, Eric Aston, featuring research on nanomechanics.
“I know I’m getting research opportunities that I probably wouldn’t get other places,” Bow says “It’s easy to connect with professors, not only for research but for academics, advising and life. I’ve had a lot of good discussions with some of my professors.”
Such opportunities helped garner Bow recognition as one of three Idaho students to be named as a 2011 Goldwater Scholar. This elite group is made up of only 300 students nationwide who are studying math or sciences. The scholars are selected by the Goldwater Foundation for their intellectual curiosity and potential for significant future contributions in their chosen field.
Bow is also part of the University’s Honors program. He enjoys the academic challenges, but also appreciates the camaraderie, discussions and Sunday night bridge games.
“I really like to hang out and talking with like-minded people who are interested in the same things I am,” says Bow. “We’ve had some great conversations over bridge.”