Head of the Class
Presidential scholar from Nixa, Mo., chooses Mizzou.
Corey Matzat could have gone to school almost anywhere. He chose Mizzou.
In May 2013, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Matzat as a U.S. Presidential Scholar, an honor reserved for 141 of the nation’s top-performing high school seniors.
Courted by many schools, including the University of Alabama, Matzat says attending the Missouri Scholars Academy at Mizzou in 2011 convinced him he wanted to be a Tiger.
The computer engineering major participates in the Honors College Discovery Fellowship Program, which gives freshmen the opportunity to work alongside a faculty member on a research project. Matzat works in the lab of Gregory Triplett, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. Triplett is also associate director of the Honors College.
“It’s hard to say exactly what I want to do,” Matzat says, “but I’m looking forward to all of the options out there. Because of the rate that technology is changing nowadays, the job I’ll have one day might not even exist yet.”