Ben Augenbraun named 2014 Goldwater Scholar

Wiltonian Ben Augenbraun, a junior at Williams College, has been named a 2014 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. A physics major, he is one of 293 nationwide recipients.

The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to college sophomores and juniors who excel in mathematics, science and engineering. Goldwater Scholars are awarded up to $7,500 to cover tuition, fees, books and room and board.

Mr. Augenbraun spent last summer in Professor Robert W. Boyd’s lab at the University of Rochester, conducting research on the quantum states of photons using a technique called direct measurement. He will write a thesis with Professor Protik Majumder,  of Williams College, next year.

“I would not have achieved this without the dedicated professors in the department,” Mr. Augenbraun said. “They have instilled in me a deep enthusiasm for physics.”

Mr. Augenbraun plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics and specialize in quantum optics after he graduates from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.