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Baruch College Student Earns
John Mather Nobel Scholar Award
Zicklin Student is First Business School Recipient


NEW YORK, NY - July 30, 2013 - Jonathan Flugel, a senior in the Baruch College Zicklin School of Business Undergraduate Honors Program has received the prestigious 2013 John Mather Nobel Scholar award. 

Jonathan, who is majoring in Computer Information Systems and is an intern in the Flight Projects Directorate at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, was selected from a pool of current NASA interns to receive $3,000 towards presenting research at professional conferences. As a winner, he also had the opportunity to spend the day last week with Dr. John C. Mather, senior astrophysicist and Goddard Fellow and Nobel Prize recipient.

“All of the winners traveled to the Space Telescope Science Institute at John Hopkins University and then had lunch with Dr. Mather,” Flugel explains. “This man really cares; he took the time to learn about my interests and followed up the next day with an email.” Jonathan will graduate from Baruch College in 2014. He plans to pursue higher degrees in both systems engineering and space policy. His dream is to land a full time job at NASA. “I have always been a space geek,” he admits.

A Brooklyn resident originally from Venezuela, who moved to Florida with his family as a child, Jonathan is the first business student to receive the award. The award generally is presented to science or engineering students. Students are chosen for their demonstrated interest in space and the Goddard Space Flight Center as evidenced by a space-related internship, co-authorship on a space-related research paper, or presentation of a space-related topic at a professional conference. Previous awards have gone to students at MIT, California Institute of Technology, and Georgetown, among other schools.

“Jonathan is unbelievably passionate about NASA,” says Professor Gloria Thomas, Director of the Zicklin Undergraduate Honors Program. She notes that as part of his studies, Jonathan worked on a case study about NASA, and with the support of his Honors Program/EOC mentor Nune Boyadjian, (a former NASA employee) went on to apply to the NASA research internship program.

The John Mather Nobel Scholarship Program was established in 2008 by the John and Jane Mather Foundation for Science and the Arts.  The scholarship is endowed with funds from Dr. Mather’s Nobel Prize award. The program is open to current NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center-based undergraduate and graduate student interns. Applicants must have demonstrated high academic achievement, have a strong interest in space and the Goddard Space Flight Center, be a rising undergraduate junior, senior or graduate student, and be currently holding a Goddard-based research internship.


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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