Florida Tech Triple-Major Student Heads to MIT for Summer Internship

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Victor Calderon, a Florida Institute of Technology junior, has been accepted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for a prestigious summer internship in astrophysics. The all-expenses-paid program, which starts in June, lasts for nine-weeks.

“I should know by May who my mentor will be as I applied to three different labs,” said Calderon. He put in his application at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center Lab; MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research; and MIT Astrophysics Division.

Calderon, who is a triple major in astronomy/astrophysics, physics and mathematical sciences, expects to graduate in spring 2013. His faculty adviser is Marc Baarmand, professor, physics and space sciences department. Other professors who wrote recommendation letters for Calderon were Ming Zhang and Sam Durrance, both Physics and Space Sciences Department faculty members.

“Victor is a bright student always interested in learning and doing more. It is rare that a student does so well in three majors,” said Baarmand.

Calderon graduated from high school from the Austrian Guatemalan School (Instituto Austriaco Guatemalteco) in Guatemala City in 2008.

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