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Taylor A. Knapp
Hello! My name is Taylor Knapp and I’m a sophomore at Brown University from Charlotte, North Carolina. Before coming to Brown, I attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, an intensive, STEM-focused residential high school. There, I focused on computational physics courses and experiences. I’m currently concentrating in Mathematical Physics with a focus on theoretical physics. I am currently doing research at Brown on the light and mass distribution of galaxies within galaxy clusters with the LSST project, which is a project I have been dedicated to for my time so far at Brown. I’ve previously done research on simulated neutron star mergers and neutrino detection at Duke University and millimeter wave interactions with irradiated silicates at North Carolina Central University. I hope to eventually go into theoretical cosmology and work with gravitational waves and general relativity to better understand our universe. Outside of coursework and research, I am a coordinator for Brown’s Physics Departmental Undergraduate Group and the Brown Class of 2023 President. I helped develop and instruct a multivariable calculus course at a local private school and look forward to doing more STEM outreach in the future. I also served as a teaching assistant this past year, which has helped me gain a more holistic perspective of the physics learning process. As an aspiring research professor, I value any of the frames I can develop for growing as a member of academia, including being a student, researcher, leader, and instructor. I am also a member of the Brown Club Running Team and like to balance my time outside of physics so I can bring my whole self to the table when engaging with the physics community both at Brown and beyond.