May 17, 2012—Kirsten Coffman of Machesney Park was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Student in the Science Division Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.
Coffman is a senior majoring in physics. She is the daughter of Terry and Karen Coffman and a graduate of Harlem Senior High School. After graduating from North Central in June, she plans to pursue a doctorate in biomedical engineering at the Mayo Clinic’s Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, Minn.
As a student at North Central, Coffman earned the College’s Scholar-Athlete Award for having the highest grade-point average of any student-athlete in her class—for four consecutive years. She participated in the College’s Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC) where she conducted research on particle physics under the direction of Paul Bloom, assistant professor of physics. She completed an internship working with wireless technology at Alcatel-Lucent in Lisle, and mentored other science students as a lab assistant in physics courses at North Central.
An active student-athlete at the College, Coffman has competed on both the women’s cross country and track teams since her freshman year.