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Brian Faulkner

Brian Faulkner

It may seem strange for a student who skipped his senior year of high school in search of a greater challenge to take extra time with his college coursework. But Brian Faulkner wasn’t in a rush to graduate with his degrees in Mathematics and Physics.

Rather, he chose to enjoy some flexibility and time to take a few “just for fun” classes like Fluid Mechanics and Semiconductor Theory.

Brian graduates this May with degrees in Mathematics and Physics, a University Honors Certificate, and a perfect 4.0 GPA.

His enthusiasm and passion for science has helped him succeed both in and outside of the classroom.

By sharing this passion, Brian has been able to demonstrate his ability to lead. Not only has he helped his peers by tutoring physics students at the TAAP and in the Navy ROTC program, he also spent two years teaching mathematics at his high school. His dedication to helping other students has set the standard for service to the Physics department that is now seen as natural and the norm.

Through these experiences and the challenges of working with students of all ages and abilities, Brian was able to grow as a leader.
“When you have responsibility for another person, it really changes the way you think about things.”

In his spare time, Brian has also been an active member of several student organizations including the math club, chemistry club and has served as president for the Society of Physics students.

As president, Brian has been extremely supportive with his time and effort in recruitment activities for the department. His enthusiasm for physics and his ability to communicate to both science students and non-scientists can always draw a crowd at Vandal Friday or at the annual physics demonstrations in the community.

He has fully engaged in scholarship, participating in three “Research Experience for Undergraduates” (REU) internships and just recently generating one publication submission from that work. His academic honors include being a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, being on the College of Science Dean’s list all semesters, being a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society and the National Dean’s list in 2006.

He has just been accepted to begin graduate work in the fall at the University of Illinois. His work will be in computational electrodynamics -- specifically, computer modeling of radar systems.

The College of Science is pleased to honor Brian Faulkner with the John B. George Award for his outstanding academic achievement and service to the university community.
“When you have responsibility for another person, it really changes the way you think about things.”
John B. George Award
In 1973, the immediate family and friends of John B. George established a permanent endowment at the University of Idaho. The annual income from the endowment is used to support the John B. George Memorial Award presented to the outstanding graduating senior in the College of Science. The award is based on academic achievement and service to the university community. The actual award is a 50-ounce silver bar, a cash gift and the recipient’s name engraved on a permanent plaque in the Dean’s office.