Fermilab’s first student from Madagascar receives Ph.D.

Laza Rakotondravohitra is Fermilab's first international student from Madagascar. Photo courtesy of Laza Rakotondravohitra

Laza Rakotondravohitra is Fermilab’s first international student from Madagascar. Photo courtesy of Laza Rakotondravohitra

Laza Rakotondravohitra, the first international student from Madagascar to conduct research at Fermilab, recently received his Ph.D. from the University of Antananarivo.

Rakotondravohitra came to Fermilab in 2012, two years after attending the first African School of Physics in South Africa. He completed his Ph.D. in neutrino physics on the MINERvA experiment working under Fermilab scientist Jorge Morfin.

Rakotondravohitra plans to continue working in high-energy physics.

“I would like to express my gratitude to all that contributed during this amazing journey, and thanks for helping African students,” he said.

Fermilab congratulates Rakotondravohitra on his accomplishment.