When Jed McCoy 2013 arrived at Morningside as a freshman, he told himself he was going to take advantage of every opportunity offered by the college.
Now Jed has a full-ride scholarship at Washington State University, where he is earning a Ph.D. in material science and engineering. He was selected to receive a GAANN fellowship, which covers all of his tuition and fees plus a living stipend.
"A really good thing about Morningside is that faculty members know what you need to do to be a success," he said. "They told me that I would need to get internships or research experience if I wanted to go into engineering, so that's what I did and it worked out really well."
As both an engineering physics and math major at Morningside, Jed worked with his professors on research projects. He also applied and was selected for two competitive summer research programs offered by the National Science Foundation.
"The research experiences helped, but what really pushed my resume over the top was all of the leadership positions I had on campus," he said. "The faculty member at Washington State who selected me was really impressed."
Jed's current research focus is growing cadmium zinc telluride single crystals for room temperature radiation detectors. After he finishes his Ph.D., he plans to get a job as a research scientist in industry. Others with his degree are working for Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and NASA.
Jed's advice to other students is to make the most of your time at Morningside.
"You get out of it what you put into it," he said. "If you put in the hard work and research what you need to do for the career you want, it's going to pay off. Really, it's up to you."