MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Professor of Physics Noah Graham, a 2005 recipient of the Cottrell College Science Award, has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation, a private foundation that aids basic research in the physical sciences. Only five percent of Cottrell College Science Award recipients since 1994 have been invited to join the highly selective group.

Graham, whose research centers around applications of quantum mechanics and classical and quantum field theory to a variety of problems in elementary particle physics, physics of solitons and oscillons, and the Casimir effect, says that his earlier funding from CCSA was key to launching his research at Middlebury, which led to his National Science Foundation grants.

Graham says that the kind of follow-up funding he is eligible for as a Cottrell Scholar is aimed at higher-risk, yet potentially transformative, ideas.