Prize Recipient


Maria Prado
Williams College


My name is Maria Veronica Prado and I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. I moved to Weston, Florida when I was 9 years old where I have lived since with my family.
Growing up, I was taught to value everything in life. My humble and hardworking parents instilled a strong Catholic base in our household, which has led me to be everything I am today.
With that said, I got interested in physics in tenth grade when I took my first physics class. I was amazed that the world could be described by mathematical equations in such an elegant and beautiful manner, and that these equations actually worked. My interest and excitement grew even more as I learned about the mind-blowing theories proposed by Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr.
Thanks to the Questbridge program for high achieving low income students, I am currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Physics with a concentration in French at Williams College. I will be able to continue my education thanks to the help from the American Physical Society and Williams College.
My interests in physics, so far, lie in High Energy physics, Quantum Mechanics, and String Theory. This past January, I worked with Dr. Frederick Strauch in the area of quantum computing, and this summer I am working with Dr. Larry Weaver and Dr. Horton-Smith in neutrino oscillation research at Kansas State University.
Lastly, I plan to continue on to graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in physics to keep on pursuing my dreams.