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MIT senior Vo Tien Phong receives a 2016 Marshall Scholarship

Vo Tien Phong ’16 will spend next year studying physics at Cambridge University as a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship.

The Marshall Scholarship is awarded to up to 40 students annually and funds graduate education at a university in the UK. This year’s recipients were announced Monday.

Vo, who is double-majoring in physics and mathematics at MIT, will pursue an MPhil in physics at Cambridge, and plans to return to the U.S. to complete a physics PhD.

Ultimately, Vo aims to become a professor of theoretical physics. At MIT, he has taught for the Education Studies Program, and is currently a TA for 8.012 with the freshman learning community Experimental Study Group.

Vo’s research interests include theoretical condensed matter physics, a branch of physics that seeks to understand micro- and macroscopic properties of matter, such as the electronic properties of solids, or high-temperature superconductivity.

His current research uses quantum mechanical calculations to study electron flows.

Vo was born in Vietnam and currently lives in Pennsylvania. He entered MIT as a Gates Millennium Scholar.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to join this distinctive community,” Vo told the MIT news office. “The collective energy of this distinguished group of scholars dedicated to knowledge, justice, and humanity will broaden my perspective of the world and our place within it.”

—Katherine Nazemi