Feb. 7, 2012
Squirrel club founder, physics major is Churchill Scholar
Benjamin Nachman '12 is one of 14 winners nationwide of a Churchill Scholarship, which provides a year of graduate study at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, in science, mathematics or engineering.
Nachman, Cornell's 20th Churchill Scholar since 1975, plans to participate in Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at Cambridge for a Master of Advanced Study. He will take courses in applied math and theoretical physics.
At Cornell, Nachman majors in physics, mathematics and economics. He works in the research group of Jim Alexander, professor of physics, investigating methods for measuring new physics masses. He also researches fluid dynamics of non-Newtonian fluids in the lab of Itai Cohen, associate professor of physics; as well as studying generating sequences of finite groups in math professor Keith Dennis' research group.
Nachman serves on the steering committee of Dilmun Hill Student Farm and is president of the Society of Physics Students. He is a physics teaching assistant, a math tutor and a resident adviser. He also founded Cornell's Squirrel Club, "because I love squirrels, and I have discovered that I'm not the only one," he said.
Nachman was a finalist in the Rhodes Scholarship competition and is also a Yennie Prize winner, which is Cornell's highest award to an undergraduate student in physics.
The faculty who served on Cornell's endorsement committee were Graeme Bailey, senior lecturer in computer science; Dan Luo, associate professor of biological and environmental engineering; Adam Siepel, associate professor of biological statistics and computational biology; and David Stern, adjunct professor of plant biology at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research.