William Berdanier

2015 Hellman Graduate Awardee


UC Berkeley

William Berdanier is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics, where he plans to focus on theoretical physics. Born in Dallas and raised in Boulder, he previously earned a B.S. with honors in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating in 2013, he received his Master’s in Mathematics from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar. He is currently completing a Master’s in Philosophy of Physics at the University of Oxford.

Berdanier is also an avid violinist and founding member of String Theory, a UK-based string ensemble, and enjoys hiking, reading, and scuba diving.

“This fellowship is a good omen for what is to come at Berkeley — it shows that the university believes in me,” Berdanier says.

“It will help me focus on research and on pursuing my own independent projects and ideas. I also look forward to utilizing the network of Hellman awardees to exchange ideas and insights with students from disparate fields.”