Prize Recipient

Chistopher Compton

Christopher Compton
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Background:

I was born in Claremore, Oklahoma and raised in Foyil, Oklahoma. When I was ten my family moved to Welling, Oklahoma where I have been ever since. I remember as a child talking with my father about physics while working on cars or performing repairs. In my studies I've been able to answer many of the questions I had when I was young. I enjoy studying physics because it provides a deeper understanding of the world around me and my place in it. Physics provides the underlying concepts to all of the sciences and is a vital part of today's technology. In learning how to apply physics to solve the world's problems, I can improve the lives of people around the world. I have been interested in the nature of consciousness as well as physics, which is why I want to use physics in understanding the brain. I have always enjoyed solving puzzles, and neuroscience provides one of the greatest puzzles humanity could face. With my experience in physics, I hope to unravel these mysteries. I will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall with a major in physics and a minor in brain and cognitive sciences.