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Congratulations, Jared!

Congratulations to senior Jared Burleson, who graduates from SMU with a B.S. in Physics, a B.S. in Mathematics, and a Minor in Chinese. Jared and I have worked together since 2018 on two physics projects, both centered on the use of particle jets for fundamental physics. His first project was an extension of work done by a former student, Rebecca Moore, to use simulations of H -> gg to evaluate the potential for jet flavor tagging to identify H -> gg -> bbbb. His second project used the same kind of large-radius jets applied to the Higgs project to study charm jet reconstruction and identification at a future Electron-Ion Collider experiment.

His senior thesis summarizes his work. Jared graduates with many honors, including his selection as the Robert and Nancy Dedman Distinguished Senior Student, an honorific given to just one of the more than 700 graduates from Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He will pursue a Masters degree in public policy as a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University before pursuing his Ph.D. in physics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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SMU Senior Jared Burleson wins Prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship

I am very proud to report that SMU President’s Scholar and Physics Major, Jared Burleson, has been selected to receive a Schwarzman Scholar award. The details are available in the SMU News release, which was reprinted by the Department of Physics.

Since 2018, Jared has worked with me in the LHC, and now the EIC, research environments. His early work focused on using gluon splits in large-radius particle jets to look for the decay of Higgs to gluon final states. That work led to investigations of promising jet substructure approaches, which he is now applying to the future Electron-Ion Collider program to tag (identify) the origin of jets.

In addition to his major in physics, Jared also majors in Mathematics and minors in Chinese.

This award will support Jared going to Tsingua University in Beijing, China (the premiere institution of higher education in China, and one of its many great universities) to earn a Masters in Public Policy from Schwarzman College. Of the 3600 applicants from 99 universities and 39 countries, Jared joins a select group of just 154 recipients of this award for 2021-2022. Congratulations, Jared!

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Spring 2020 Honors Physics Grand Challenge Final Projects

I am so pleased with how the students in my Honors Introductory Physics (PHYS 1010) course met the new challenges posed by COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, producing excellent final projects for the class. Please enjoy them!