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Honors Student Headed to CERN in Switzerland

April 09, 2015

Zachary Wimpee, a physics and mathematics major and member of the Angelo State University Honors Program, has been selected for the 2015 University of Michigan Research Semester at CERN program in Geneva, Switzerland, and will receive up to $10,000 for travel and support expenses.

Zachary WimpeeZachary WimpeeA sophomore from San Angelo, Wimpee will spend the 2015 fall semester at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), which is home to the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator. He will join a select group of undergraduate physics, engineering and computer science students from throughout the U.S. to participate in ongoing research involving the newly-discovered Higgs Boson and its related physics. 

Participating students will also be exposed to other world-class research facilities and internationally recognized scientists at CERN, and will be assigned to an active CERN research group engaged in actual ongoing analyses. 

The program is funded by the Lounsbery Foundation, which was founded in 1967 with the mission to enhance national strengths in science and technology by supporting research projects, science education and key scientific policy issues. The foundation annually distributes about $2.5 million in grants to support that mission. More details are available at

More information on the UM Research Semester at CERN program is available at