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New Rutherford prize for most promising particle physics student

Posted on 16/10/2012

Jacob with Dr Pedro Teixeira-Dias, Dr Veronique Boisvert, Prof Mary Fowler and Prof Grahame Blair

Congratulations to Jacob Kempster, who has been awarded the Rutherford prize.  Jacob obtained a first in his MSci degree from Royal Holloway and received an exceptionally high mark for his MSci project on optimising a search for the Higgs Boson using the ATLAS detector. He received a bursary from the Physics department during the summer of his second year to perform particle physics research using the ATLAS detector supervised by Prof Glen Cowan and, in addition, Jacob was selected for the prestigious CERN summer school during his third year.  He impressed his CERN supervisors so much that he was asked to come back to CERN this past summer to work on the project again. The Department are confident that Jacob will be very successful in his PhD studies, which he has just started under the supervision of Dr Veronique Boisvert, looking at the ATLAS data for signs of exciting physics using the top quark. Very fittingly, Prof Mary Fowler, Lord Rutherford’s great grand-daughter presented Jacob with his prize.


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