Physics and Mathematics Graduate Receives Fellowship
UTB alumnus Sergio H. Cantu of Ciudad Victoria, Mexico has been offered a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
H. Cantu, 24, of Ciudad Victoria, Mexico received bachelor’s degrees in physics
and mathematics from the university in May 2012. He just finished his first
year in a bridge program for students interested in pursuing doctoral degrees
in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of
in Cambridge, Mass.
MIT I decided to apply for the National Science Foundation fellowship because
it is very prestigious and one of the largest there is,” said Cantu. “The
fellowship would also make my application (for graduate school) look stronger.”
his time at MIT he has worked with the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Group. His role has been seeing how photons can interact with each other.
computation is a very promising thing,” said Cantu. “Binary has the limits to
where you work with zeros and ones. Quantum processing gives you an infinity of
different states you can use. The computation can be faster and that is the
idea if you were able to control light like electronics, then you could do
computation much faster.”
Cantu completes the bridge program in 2014, he will then start the three-year
1998, NSF had not held a separate competition for minority students,” said
Mukherjee. “This means that Sergio’s application has been judged based on the
same criteria as has been applied in the case for students from the rest of the
country. This is indeed a very significant achievement. Sergio stood out both
for his intellectual merit as well as for his potential to integrate education
and research in a compelling manner.”
now Cantu lives a short bike or public transportation ride away from MIT in
East Cambridge, Mass.
here in the pace and stress of this transitional state has made me decide that
graduate life and work is what I need and want,” he said.
heard about the NSF’s fellowship when he worked in the summers of 2010 and 2011
with the Summer Research Program sponsored by MIT’s Office of the Dean for
Graduate Education in Cambridge, Mass. His work involved helping to build an
interferometric displacement sensor and a thruster to shoot and push ion beams
in various directions for satellites and other equipment to move in space.
of this would have happened without having done research at UTB,” said Cantu.
“Everything comes down to that.”