Earlier this month, the American Physical Society awarded Roberto Vega-Morales the 2014 J.J. and Noriko Sakurai Dissertation Award in theoretical particle physics.
The award recognizes exceptional young scientists who have performed original doctoral thesis work of outstanding scientific quality and achievement in the area of theoretical particle physics.
Vega-Morales received the honor for research he conducted as a Fermilab graduate student fellow under Northwestern University Professor Ian Low and Fermilab scientist Joe Lykken.
His 2013 dissertation investigated ways to characterize the precise properties of the Higgs boson. He constructed an analysis framework aimed at extracting the maximum amount of information about the Higgs boson in its decays into charged leptons.
Vega-Morales is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratoire de Physique Theorique d’Orsay in Paris.