Oak Ridge High School senior Adam LaClair has won the 2012 UT-Battelle Scholarship, a $20,000, four-year award.
The scholarship from UT-Battelle, the managing contractor of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is given every year to a graduating senior who has a parent who works at the lab and who plans to study science, engineering or mathematics at the University of Tennessee, a press release said.
The son of Tim and Sabina LaClair, Adam LaClair is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honors Society and is active in the Science Olympiad and Scholars Bowl. He has taken advanced placement courses in calculus, physics, chemistry, and English.
He also has experience with ORNL research by working with researcher David Christen on a project that examines theoretical properties of high-temperature superconductors, modeled by equations.
He plans to major in mathematics or physics, although his experiences volunteering in the Ben Atchley Tennessee State Veteran’s Home have inspired him to pursue a career in medicine.