Wheeling Jesuit University

Junior Nick Cyr Receives Inaugural Award for Physics Major

Wheeling Hospital's Urologic Research Institute and Elekta AB establishes this new science based scholarship.

West Mifflin, Pa. resident and Wheeling Jesuit University incoming junior Nick Cyr, 20, received the inaugural Medical Physics Scholarship at Wheeling Jesuit University for fall of 2006, which was established by Wheeling Hospital's Urologic Research Institute and Elekta AB.

The son of Jean A. and Edward D. Cyr, he graduated with honors from West Mifflin Area High School and became interested in physics due to the encouragement of his high school physics teacher, George Price, who retired recently, after teaching at West Mifflin for many years.

A member of the soccer team, the WJU 1969 Chamber Singers and the Physics Club, Cyr's works hard to maintain his distinguished academic record. Cyr is also a Wheeling Jesuit University resident assistant for Campion Hall.

According to Dr. Peter Ehni, chair of the Wheeling Jesuit physics department, the new scholarship is a result of a partnership between Wheeling Hospital's Urologic Research Institute, a national leader in the field of prostate cancer prevention, research and treatment, and Elekta AB, an international leader in radiation oncology and non-invasive neurosurgery solutions.

"We are grateful to Elekta for helping us to make this scholarship available to Nick, who was chosen as a recipient based upon his academic excellence and interest in medical physics," said Dr. Gregory S. Merrick, Medical Director of the Schiffler Cancer Center at Wheeling Hospital and Founder/Executive Director of the Urologic Research Institute. "Nick and future Elekta scholars will have increased opportunities for post-graduate study and better career prospects in the future as a result of this scholarship."

These emerging leaders in education and medical diagnostics and treatment desire to partner in the education and preparation of scholars and scientists who will be prepared to advance the science of medical and radiological oncology as new technologies emerge.

Eligible applicants must be junior or senior students, who are physics majors and in good standing, who seek opportunities in the exciting and expanding field of Medical Physics. The successful recipient receives an annually renewable scholarship in the amount of $2,500, and will be engaged in practical and theoretical study and research at the Urologic Research Institute. The capstone of this experience will be the authoring, presentation and hopeful publication of a scholarly treatise that will become part of the Institute's expanding national role in the field of prostate cancer and urological disorders.

One of 28 Jesuit colleges or universities in the nation, Wheeling Jesuit University is a leader in academics, athletics, and for making a high-quality private education accessible. With more than 30 undergraduate and six graduate programs, Wheeling Jesuit offers students an education for life, leadership and service, providing the foundation to succeed in a career or in graduate school.

Many of the Catholic university's programs have 100 percent placement rates in graduate programs across the country. Since 1995, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wheeling Jesuit University among the top institutions in its “Best Master's Universities in the South” category.

Wheeling Jesuit is committed to helping families find financial solutions to enable students to enroll and graduate from the University. The University distributed almost 11 million in total financial aid to its students last school year.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office via e-mail at admiss@wju.edu or by phone at 1-800-624-6992, extension 2359.

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