Kimberly Gayle Murley '06
B.S., Physics; Dalton, Pa.
Kim Murley, an Anderson Scholar at Denison, also has been recognized as a Goldwater Scholar and a Bucknell University National Foundation of Science Scholar and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was just announced as recipient of a coveted National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Murley is a physics major at Denison and, as a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams, holds school records for the mile, the distance medley, the 1500m, the 1000m, the 800m and the outdoor 1500m and 800m. She also was co-president of Denison's chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honorary, which won the national Outstanding Chapter Award.
"Kim, at Denison you have taken the meaning of "scholar-athlete" to stratospheric heights. A full-tuition Anderson scholar, Phi Beta Kappa Scholar, Goldwater Scholar, and Bucknell University National Foundation of Science Scholar, you have made your physics faculty very happy people. And as a star indoor and outdoor track athlete, you have also made your track coaches very happy people.
"You have artfully blended your physics interests with your physical interests, focusing your honors project on a detailed study of the physics of pole vaulting. Your research has been presented at a national meeting of the American Physical Society, and also at a meeting of the American Association of Physics in Anchorage, Alaska.
"Your athletic credentials speak for themselves: indoor track school records for the mile, the distance medley, the 1500m, the 1000m, the 800m; outdoor school records for the 1500m and the 800m. You have lettered 8 times, have been named all-conference 9 times, and have won honors as all-region, academic all-American, and NCAA championship qualifier. At the same time you have contributed to the life of the college in other ways, such as your service in Hope for Autism, and particularly as co-president of the physic's honorary society last year when it won the national "Outstanding Chapter Award." The letters from your physics teachers speak of your love of the discipline and your lively sense of humor -- such as when, at the last departmental Halloween party, you came dressed up as a TI-86 calculator!
"And just this past week we received word that you have received one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a student, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.