Alexia Alexander Wight
Alexia is one of our most academically gifted students, but also one of the most rounded, with a wide range of interests and abilities.
She came to MPW from Cheltenham Ladies College in 2009 to study for her GCSEs. She is now principally a scientist, but her artistic bent was also clear from an early age: she won a first prize for her poetry at the Cheltenham Literary Festival in 2007 (the same year she came third in a regional competition run by the Young Engineers). She continues to have a love of poetry (Byron, Yeats, Browning and Owen, in particular) and to read widely, especially dystopian SF, fantasy and modernist novels. She also enjoys ballet and fencing and has had a number of professional modelling assignments.
At MPW, she excelled in her GCSE exams, gaining a slew of A* grades and winning the Laura Freeman GCSE Prize in 2010. Since that year, she has received an Academic Scholarship. She combined the arts and sciences at A-level: after taking Maths early and gaining an A* she is currently predicted the same grade in Further Maths, Physics and English Literature. She gained a Silver award in the 2012 Maths Challenge. During her sixth-form studies, she also developed a sufficiently keen interest in Philosophy to consider studying it alongside Physics at university in a dual-honours course; however, she is now focusing her attention entirely on Physics, with her philosophical interests as a sideline.
Last year, she took part in the Physics Academy at Queen Mary’s (a week-long summer school working on a Physics research project), followed by six weeks working on the Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment (MICE) at Imperial College, London. She conducted analysis and produced a report on light yield as a function of momentum within the MICE tracker single station, receiving an Exscitec Platinum Award for this work. During the summer of 2013 she will spend nine weeks contributing hardware research/testing and upgrade work at Imperial College to the LCHb, or Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment, which is based at CERN, prior to beginning her Physics MSci at Imperial in the autumn. Her ambition beyond that is a PhD in particle or quantum physics, but it seems certain she will continue to apply the same wide-ranging and creative intelligence to whatever project she takes on next.