Prize Recipient

Peter Q. Blair

Peter Q. Blair


Background:

Peter Blair is a rising senior at Duke University, where he is pursing a BS degree in Physics and Mathematics. He is an honors student, having been named to the Deans List for the past four semesters. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate fellow, Peter is conducting research with Professor Arlie O. Petters in the field of gravitational lensing. His research this summer with Dr. Petters took him to the 11th annual Conference of African-American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS), which was held at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (Los Angeles, CA). At CAARMS, he presented a poster entitled, Lights Bending Angle in Schwarzschild Geometry. This upcoming academic year, Peter will begin his second year as President of the Duke chapter of the Society of Physics Students. One of his major goals is to foster undergraduate research and participation at professional conferences. Peter's long-term aspiration is to be leading research physicist at a university and serve as a mentor and role model for minority students in the sciences. His extracurricular interests include peer tutoring, church-related activities, and tennis.