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I am Sophie Roberts, and I am a junior physics major at the University of Northern Iowa. I am passionate about physics and feel that it is important to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with others. I am currently the Co-President of UNI’s SPS chapter, a Sigma Pi Sigma inductee, and have previously served as the secretary/treasurer of UNI’s SPS chapter. As the Co-President of my SPS chapter, I have aided in the planning of the 2021 Zone 11 meeting, hosted by the UNI Physics Club and Department. Although COVID has impacted our normal functions as a club, I have helped adapt events to a socially distanced format. These events include game nights, movie nights, and our physics club Dungeons & Dragons campaign. I also have been involved in various outreach events in the UNI Physics Department including the ACS Halloween House demo shows and the “Beyond Frozen: The Science, Math, and Art of Fractals” summer camp.
I also have over two years of research experience. Over the summer of 2019, I conducted research on building a device that controls the electrochemical etching of Scanning Tunneling Microscope tips. I had the opportunity to present this research at PhysCon 2019. PhysCon is an experience that greatly reinforced my desire to pursue a research career in physics. I was inspired by my fellow physicists that I had the honor of meeting at this conference. Since the summer of 2020, I have also worked on image analysis of biomolecule images using MATLAB image processing software. I am also involved in STM research along with pursuing research opportunities outside of my institution.
After I graduate, I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics or materials science. I am interested in developing new tools to investigate the properties and behaviors of novel materials. Outside of physics, I enjoy playing bass in the UNI jazz bands and learning new songs on the guitar.