Jamie Saxon '09 Named Goldwater Scholar
by Stacey Kutish
Jamie Saxon '09, of Swarthmore, Pa., has been named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2008-2009 academic year. As a recipient of the scholarship, named for Senator Barry M. Goldwater, Saxon will receive up to $7,500 toward his undergraduate expenses for his senior year. He was one of 321 undergraduates selected for the award on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,035 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.
Saxon is an honors political science and physics double major. He credits the Swarthmore faculty with fostering a rigorous and compelling atmosphere for pursuing these interests. Outside of the classroom, he has been involved in the outdoor adventure group, sung in the college choir, and served as secretary of the debate society. As a member of the High Energy Physics group of the University of Pennsylvania, he has worked for the past five summers on the A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS (ATLAS), one of two large, multi-purpose particle detectors now reaching completion at the European Laboratories for Particle Physics (CERN), in Geneva, Switzerland. He will continue that research this summer.