"For his unique contributions to current and future investigations of the newly discovered 125 GeV Higgs boson."Background:
Roberto Vega-Morales attended the University of Michigan from 2000-2004 where he received his bachelors degree in physics. In 2006 he began his Ph.D in physical chemistry at Northwestern University before switching to theoretical high energy physics in 2008 and obtaining his Ph.D in 2013. During this time he also spent the last year of his graduate school career as part of the Fermilab graduate student fellowship program. It was while at Fermilab that he completed much of his work on studies of the Higgs boson. During this time he also became involved with experimentalist in the CMS collaboration at CERN where he helped to further the analysis framework for studying the Higgs boson in its decays to charged leptons. Upon graduation from Northwestern and completion of his fellowship at Fermilab, Dr. Vega-Morales began work as a post-doctoral researcher at Laboratoire de Physique Th´eorique d’Orsay in the suburbs of Paris France. While there he has continued his involvement in studies of the Higgs boson as well as his collaboration with members of the CMS experiment. In the coming years he hopes to continue these studies and collaborations and further his involvement with experiments being conducted at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN.