The American Physical Society selected Nathan Hodas ’04 as one of only two winners of the 2004 LeRoy Apker Award. This national award is the highest honor for physics research by an undergraduate student in the United States.
Nathan was very productive at Williams, working with Prof. Daniel Aalberts on a number of projects related to DNA and RNA. These include designing and implementing an algorithm that computes optimal binding of two RNA molecules, characterizing and modeling how RNA pseudoknots fold, and studying the properties of a polymers with stacking interactions.
Nathan joins Apker winners Brian Gerke ’99 and Charlie Doret ’02, boosting our department’s record to 3 Apker Awards in 6 years.[press release] [APS Apker web page] [Aalberts’ web page]