Point Scholar 2005 – 2007
After graduating summa cum laude from Kalamazoo College with a Bachelor’s in physics and Spanish, Burton is now pursuing a Ph.D. in physics at Stony Brook University. During his first year, Burton passed all of his core courses, organized a weekly seminar series for grad students in the department, and served as a T.A. for an introductory physics class. During the summer bwetween his first and second years, Burton researched in high-energy physics, joining in the search for the Higgs Boson. In his second year, Burton took more specialized courses and was heavily involved in research to test the quality of silicon sensors to be installed in the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.
Outside of academia, Burton remains active in the Point Foundation. He has contributed to the creation of an Alumni Association website, served on the Alumni Committee, and provided photographic services whenever needed. Burton currently lives in France working at CERN, the largest particle physics lab in the world, on the ATLAS experiment as a Researcher where he is helping to develop a new type of silicon sensor related to the kind found in digital cameras, and researching the Large Hadron Collider data for a new, hypothetical particle called a “leptoquark.”
This alumni bio was updated with information provided in Fall 2010.