The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) sponsors the Carl Albert Rouse Undergraduate Research Fellowship for research with LIGO Laboratory. This fellowship was established by the Rouse family in honor of the Late Dr. Carl Albert Rouse. It is awarded each year to up to 2 undergraduate students who have demonstrated both a commitment to pursuing science as an academic major and a strong interest in astrophysics. Students are selected by a committee consisting of NSBP and Caltech astrophysicists and astronomers. The fellowship committee seeks qualified African American applicants. Fellows are supported through NSBP and the generous contribution of The California Institute of Technology.
About Carl Albert Rouse
After earning a Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1956, Dr. Carl Albert Rouse became the first African American to successfully enter into a career as a professional astrophysics researcher. Dr. Rouse's thesis research was in the field of particle physics. After graduate school he took a position as a scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he studied screened Coulomb interactions utilizing quantum mechanics theory. Read an article of the American Astronomical Society published in the 2006 Spectrum Newsletter (H. Oluseyi, "Contributions from the first half-century of African-American solar astronomers", pp 1-3 and 14-16) of the Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (http://csma.aas.org/) .