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Scott Ruhnau

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Exceeded Expectations
When considering colleges to attend, Scott Ruhnau of Park City, Utah had three criteria that he used to decide which university would be right for him; he wanted a university that offered scholarships for national merit finalists, was rooted in a strong Christian tradition, and that had a short application of enrollment. Baylor met all three of his criteria (even the short application!) and exceeded all of his expectations. Now a physics major at Baylor, Scott says that he is part of an awesome community and has made a lot of great friends.

Best of Both Worlds
To Scott, the most exceptional part of his physics education is that the foundations of his study are in the Christian tradition. "The most unique aspect of my Baylor education is the chance to get a great education in a hard science while still being at a Christian school," Scott said. "During my college search, a lot of schools were either strong Christian schools or had a respectable science program. Baylor was the only university that offered both things together."

Hands on Experience
While he spends most of his time studying and enjoying time with friends during the school year, Scott has been conducting research over the summers. "I had the opportunity to spend two summers working at Fermilab in Chicago doing some high energy physics research," he said. "It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about physics and what conducting research is really about." While he loves research, Scott has not determined whether or not he would like to pursue it as a career. So far, Scott said his plans after graduation are still up in the air. "I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do, I'm either going to get a job and if that doesn't work I'll go to grad school," he said. Whichever way he decides to go, Scott is confident that he will be successful thanks to the experiences and people he has met at Baylor.