My name is Jessica Saiz and I will be starting my junior year at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado this fall as a physics major. I was born and raised in Espanola, a small city in New Mexico, where I have grown to love and appreciate all those around me. My deep passion for learning, as well as some of the finest teachers Ive ever encountered, one of whom introduced me to the exciting world of physics, allowed me to graduate third in my high school class in 2004 with a cumulative GPA of 4.11.
At this time, I have the privilege of working for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Neutron Scattering Center, where I have had the opportunity and honor to work with some of the most renowned physicists. They all are extremely supportive of me, as they are with all their students, and are always willing to give different opportunities to those who want to learn.
When I get a chance to get away from my studies, I enjoy singing, playing the piano, snowboarding and playing sports. The members of my family are the most important people in this world to me and I thank them profusely for the belief and support they have always willingly given whenever it is needed. In my eyes, I am the most blessed person to have the family I have.
I am grateful to be allotted this award and thank APS for the opportunities they have given me!