Scholar Spotlight: Evan Hanson
Junior at Iowa State University
“Being a Bright Scholar means always looking for opportunities and never taking for granted what has been given to me. The scholarship has motivated me to have a positive impact on the world by paying forward the great opportunity given to me by the Bright Foundation.”
What experiences have you been able to take part in that you might not have been able to without the scholarship?
I have been able to create a robot in my free time that I plan to continue working on throughout my college career. I have also been able to join Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which is a fantastic way to relax from the stress of school work. And, I have discovered rock climbing as a new hobby. I like that ISU’s campus has two locations for climbing (Lied Recreation Center and State Gym).
What is the most interesting thing you have done to gain experience in your career field?
I have been able to study embedded systems and will be participating a co-op in the fall of 2023 with a focus on embedded systems. This co-op will allow me to learn more about systems and gain an in-depth understanding of how to make my personal project more efficient. (My project is creating an autonomous robot that will travel a path, identify trash and create pin points on a map so that people can go to clean up the garbage.)
How are you sharing your time and/or talents with others now? How do you hope to do so in the future?
I work as a teacher’s assistant in the Computer Science department. Every day, I have an opportunity to help computer science students with their class material and provide guidance to help them be successful in school and their future career paths.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering applying for the Bright Scholarship/Lois Dale Scholarship?
Just be honest about your life experiences and always look for opportunities to better yourself. Be motivated to pursue personal projects, and help others whenever an opportunity arises to do so.
What is your favorite class and why?
Previously, my favorite class was 288 CPRE because we got to program a Rumba to run autonomously. It was a very fun and interesting class that taught me a lot about embedded systems. Currently, I am taking 309 SE, a project-based class in which teams of students work to develop an app. My group is creating an app similar to Spotify.
What do like most about your school?
I really like the countless opportunities that are presented to students, from rock climbing, to a whole building focused on helping students be creative (the Student Innovation Center), to all of the amazing people this university has allowed me to meet, including both students and professors.
What’s the best food on campus?
Friley Windows has the hands-down best food when it comes to quality on a day-to-day basis.