I am a second-year PhD student in The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where I study particle physics. As an undergraduate at North Carolina State University, I participated in particle physics research at Oxford University and CERN, coordinated a stadium recycling program, helped to build a home with Habitat for Humanity in the Dominican Republic, and studied the nature of peace and conflict of the late-20th century in Eastern Europe. Upon graduating, I studied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge on a Marshall Scholarship. In my free time around Boston I enjoy running, playing soccer, and delving into the latest – and oldest – political happenings. When I get the rare chance to slip away from MA for a few days, there is nothing like the perspective of a hard day’s work, an evening of fishing, and a starlit night back home on my family’s small farm in North Carolina.