Prize Recipient

Mark Gragston


Background:

My name is Mark Gragston and I am from Benton, Louisiana. I became interested in physics after reading Stephen Hawkings A Brief History of Time while also learning about the quantum model of the atom in my first high school chemistry course. I am now pursuing a double major in Physics and Mathematics at Louisiana Tech University. I hope to one day became a mathematical and nuclear physicist. This past year, I held a student research position under a professor, in which I analyzed data supporting the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Currently, I work as a student researcher on neutron enhanced calorimetry, which will hopefully aid Fermi lab in the detection of hadrons.