Undergrad Research Wins Physics Prize

Chris Chudzicki '10

Chris Chudzicki ’10

Chris Chudzicki ’10 has won the LeRoy Apker Award from the American Physical Society for outstanding achievement in physics by an undergraduate. Working with his thesis adviser, physics professor Frederick Strauch, Chudzicki spent a year researching how to “efficiently and faithfully send quantum information in parallel between different parts of a quantum computer,” he says.

The work built upon research by Strauch and Bill Wootters, the Barclay Jermain Professor of Natural Philosophy. Chudzicki’s research with Wootters was published in the Feb. 18, 2010, Physical Review Letters.

A physics and math major from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Chudzicki won a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship at Williams in 2009 and is now a PhD student in MIT’s Interdisciplinary Quantum Information Science and Engineering Program. He and Williams’ physics department each received $5,000 as part of the Apker Award, given to only two undergraduates each year—one from a college or university that grants PhDs and one from an institution that does not. Chudzicki joins past Apker Award recipients Nathan Hodas ’04, Charles Doret ’02 and Brian Gerke ’99.