Mentor: Guenakh Mitselmakher
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I applied to the Scholars program to provide further motivation to apply myself towards my research. My goal for this year to further my studies in the physics and mathematics majors while also continuing my association with the UF Supersymmetry group at CMS."
- High energy searches for beyond Standard Model physics with the Compact Muon Solenoid detector at the Large Hadron Collider.
National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist
Florida Academic Scholars Award
Florida Academic Top Scholars Award
Dean's List, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012
Treasurer of the University of Florida Society of Physics Students
Second Trombone in the UF Jazz Bands
Musical Director of the Second UF Jazz Combo
Hobbies and Interests
Searches for Supersymmetry in Final States with Multiple Leptons with the Compact Muon Solenoid Detector
The recent discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider provides confirmation of the Standard Model of particle physics. However, there remain open questions with the Standard Model, such as the hierarchy problem and lack of a dark matter candidate, which motivate a search for new physics beyond the Standard Model. Supersymmetry, one theory that could potentially resolve these issues, is the notion that there could be a new kind of symmetry that would mirror the Standard Model, effectively doubling the number of particles, similar to the notion of antimatter. Additionally, Supersymmetry provides a useful framework in which to search for any type of new physics because these new particles provide a variety of experimental signatures that could be observed at the Large Hadron Collider. Because of this, the CMS and ATLAS collaborations are currently conducting experimental searches for supersymmetry. Most supersymmetric particles have a decay chain with multiple leptons in the final state, a rare, but clean, experimental signature, since leptons are easily identified in the CMS detector. Thus, my project focuses on searches for supersymmetry in proton-proton events with collision energy of 8 TeV where particles decay with multiple leptons in the final state.