Prize Recipient


Jorge Otero
University of California, Berkeley


I was born in Santiago, Chile, and moved to California when I was 5 years old. It was tough for me to make friends and speak in English when I arrived, so I spent a lot of time with my family at first.  We went to the San Diego Zoo, museums in Balboa Park, and, my favorite, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. This is where I first had a real taste of science, and it was absolutely wonderful. I was amazed especially by the stars and the cosmos. Not only were the nebulas and galaxies beautiful, but they piqued my curiosity and startled my mind. Ever since those amazing displays, I have pursued physics, both to understand the world around me and to uncover the infinite mysteries that physics has to offer. My particular interest is in the field of particle physics, because I believe it’s one of the most intriguing, challenging, and mind boggling subject areas out there, even testing my ability to think about philosophy and our ways of knowing themselves. I plan to major in physics at the University of California - Berkeley for the upcoming years, and hope that it will provide me with a rich and thorough understanding of physics so that I may reach further goals in the future. My dream is to work in the LHC near Geneva, Switzerland.