Michael W. Coughlin Day will honor top scholar
Saturday, June 9 will be Michael W. Coughlin Day in Burnsville, honoring one of the nation’s brightest young scholars.
Coughlin, the son of City Council Member Bill Coughlin, was honored at the June 5 council meeting, where a proclamation was read.
Coughlin will graduate June 9 from Carleton College, where he double majored in physics and math.
He’s one of only 14 U.S. recipients of the Winston Churchill Scholarship, which will pay for his master’s degree in astronomy at Cambridge University in England.
After Cambridge, Coughlin will begin doctorate studies in physics at Harvard University, where a six-year fellowship covering all his expenses awaits.
As an undergraduate, Coughlin wrote and co-wrote numerous physics-related articles for technical journals and made presentations on gravitational waves at conferences in the United States and Europe.