Jane and Mike Downer Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Laser Physics in Memory of Glenn Bryant Focht
The Jane and Mike Downer Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Laser Physics in Memory of Glenn Bryant Focht was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on March 24, 2009, to benefit The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences. The endowment honors Glenn B. Focht, PhD. Gift funds were provided by Michael W. Downer, PhD and Mrs. Jane H. Downer.
Jane and Mike Downer originally established this fellowship in 2009 to honor the memory of Glenn Focht, who was Mike’s first PhD student after Mike joined UT’s Physics Department in 1985.
Glenn was an accomplished scientist who had already trained Space Shuttle flight crews for NASA before coming to UT, and he accomplished a great deal more before his life was cut short by cancer in 2004.
This fellowship in Glenn’s memory is intended to ease the financial burden on talented doctoral students in physics as they follow in Glenn’s footsteps at UT.