One of our former Hamilton Scholars, Landon Banister, has been award the 2012 Robert Hyer Award by the Texas chapter of the American Physical Society (APS). The APS is the largest professional membership society in American physics and hands this award out once per year.
Through the generous support of the Hamilton Family and their scholarship program, Landon was able to pursue research into the connection between normal matter and dark matter, which is observed to make up 85% of the matter in the universe but whose composition is unknown. His work is currently being reviewed by the experiment that provided the data, and will be submitted for publication soon.
Here is an excerpt from the letter announcing the award.
"I have great pleasure to inform you on behalf of the Texas Section of the American Physical Society that you have been selected to receive the 2012 Robert S. Hyer Research Award for outstanding research by an undergraduate student in Texas (www.aps.org/units/tsaps/awards/hyer/).
You will receive a plaque at the fall meeting in Lubbock, October 25-‐27, 2012, and after the meeting an award check for $500 will be mailed to you."