Prize Recipient


Reece Rivera
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


I’m Reece Rivera, from the small town of Waterford, in the central valley of California, where I’ve lived my whole life. I discovered a passion for physics in the summer of my freshman year at UC Santa Cruz, during the Cosmos program, where I became a part of Cluster 9, Particle and Astrophysics. I currently attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Other than school, I enjoy puzzles, reading, and competitive games of all sorts, from video games to card games to board games, none of which I am particularly good at, but all of which I love to death. I have no idea what my future in and past college holds. However, I welcome that future with open arms. Even if the chance of success is only one percent, that’s like one hundred percent to me!