Prize Recipient

Victoria Villar

Victoria Villar
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Background:

My name is Victoria Ashley Villar and I am from Vero Beach, Florida. I have always had a strong interest in math and science, but what truly sparked my interest in physics (specifically astrophysics) was, of all things, an interview on the Daily Show between comedian Jon Stewart and his astronomical guest, Neil Degrasse Tyson. Tyson wittily introduced the audience to the wonders of black holes, supernovas and space. I quickly picked up his newest book and was soon drawn into this subjects radius of gravity for good. I plan on majoring in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall, with hopes of one day becoming an astrophysicist.