Senior Ben Clark recently participated in the 2010-2011 Seimens Competition in Math, Science & Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was awarded a $3,000 scholarship. Ben’s project, The Close Binary Fraction A Bayesian Analysis of SDSS M Dwarf Spectra, provides new information on the occurrence of binary systems within M dwarf stars. “This is a significant piece of publishable research with a new finding,” said competition judge Leigh Royden, Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science at MIT. “Benjamin Clark showed great initiative and independence, demonstrated an excellent knowledge of the physics of binary stars as well as their spectral properties, and performed an exceptionally careful statistical analysis of a very large data set.”
Ben heads next to Washington D.C., December 3-6 where he and five other regional winners will compete for the $100,000 grand prize.