2011 Physics PhD Recipients Are Winners of Competitive Fellowships

Friday, Jun 24, 2011

Silviu Pufu won the University's Jacobus Fellowship in his final year of graduate studies, and he is going on to be a Pappalardo Fellow at MIT. He works on both formal and applied topics in string theory, mostly related to the gauge-string duality. He has collaborated not only with his advisor, Prof. Steve Gubser, but also with Profs. Chris Herzog and Igor Klebanov.


Justin Brown and Joshua Ruderman received the Miller Research Fellowship from Berkeley. The Miller is a three year post-doctoral fellowship awarded for research in basic science at Berkeley. Eight to ten awards are made each year across all the sciences. Justin will be working with Prof. Holger Mueller on developing atom interferometry as a tool to measure gravity. Joshua has been working on theoretical particle physics, with a focus on models beyond the Standard Model, collider physics, and dark matter phenomenology, with his advisor Prof. Nima Arkani-Hamed.


Siddharth Parameswaran will be joining the Physics Department at the University of California, Berkeley, as a Simons Postdoctoral Fellow. He has worked on a variety of topics in theoretical condensed matter physics under the supervision of Prof. Shivaji Sondhi, mostly focusing on the quantum hall effect, topological phases of matter, and quantum magnetism. While an Assistant Instructor at Princeton, he won the Friends of Davis International Center Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010.


Jacob Bourjaily was named a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. Jacob’s recent research is focused on the study of scattering amplitudes in quantum field theory. He works in collaboration with his advisor, Prof. Nima Arkani-Hamed.


Richard Saldanha received the INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) Fellowship, which is a post-doctoral fellowship that is offered to non-Italian Citizens for positions in theoretical and experimental physics. Richard’s work on experimental nuclear and particle astrophysics is focused on solar neutrinos and direct detection dark matter.