Physics Grad Focuses Energy at Cambridge

Zuben Scott ’16 to do a yearlong master's thanks to Sperling studentship.

By Laura Dallago ’18 | August 30, 2016

Upon hearing there is all sorts of “crazy research happening” at Cambridge from Prof. Joel Franklin ’97 [physics 2005–], Zuben Scott ’16 knew exactly where he wanted to head after graduating from Reed. Thanks to a Sperling Studentship, which is funded by Reed and Cambridge alumnus John Sperling ’48, he'll have the opportunity.

Zuben is now preparing for a year-long Masters of Advanced Study (MASt) in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. This is Part III of the Mathematical Tripos of Cambridge University, a world-renowned mathematics degree program focused on intense, independent coursework rather than research.

With 100 classes to choose from, Zuben will concentrate on “general relativity, quantum computation, and particle physics,” gradually zeroing in on a field as the year progresses. A lover of all aspects of physics, Zuben hopes that with “so many theoretical physicists crammed into one place” he will have enough exposure to confidently select a focused PhD program by the end.

“I’m looking forward to being part of a larger research community,” Zuben says, adding that he  plans to take advantage of the many visiting speakers and researchers on campus. Thanking Joel Franklin and the Center for Life Beyond Reed for helping him find his ideal program, Zuben anticipates travelling the region while searching for his one love in the large world of physics.

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