Prize Recipient

Maria Prado

Maria Prado
Williams College


My name is Maria Veronica Prado and I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. I moved to Weston, Florida with my family when I was 9 years old, and have lived there ever since.
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.
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. The way I see it, mathematics, something physically nonexistent, is the rule to “the game” of the universe we live in, something very much physically present and real. That is what perplexes me the most about physics.
Thanks to the QuestBridge program for high achieving, low income students, I am majoring in physics at Williams College. I will be able to continue my education thanks to the help of the American Physical Society and Williams College.
My interests in physics, so far, lie in High Energy Physics and String Theory. Last summer, I worked with Dr. Glenn Horton-Smith and Dr. Larry Weaver in neutrino oscillation research at Kansas State University. This summer, I will be working with Dr. Edward Blucher in neutrinoless double beta decay research at the University of Chicago.
I plan to continue on to graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in physics and keep on pursuing my dreams.