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I first got involved in SPS my freshman year at Coe College when I was invited by the assistant zone counselor of our zone (11) to go to Carthage for the zone 9 meeting. By the end of my first semester, my advisor convinced me to apply for the 2016 PhysCon Planning Committee, which I served on for about 4 years. Now I'm on the Executive Planning Committee for PhysCon 2019. Besides being engaged at the national level, I was very involved in my own chapter serving as secretary, vice president, and president. I was also inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma at the end of my junior year.
I graduated from Coe College in 2017 with BAs in physics and studio art. Currently, I'm a 2nd year PhD student in Materials Science at Arizona State University. My current work involves electron microscopy, impedance spectroscopy, and synthesizing ceramic materials.
I'm interested in joining the alumni engagement program because I want to give back to a program that helped shaped who I am today and continues to give me a support network of amazing friends and colleagues.
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Arizona State University
I work in a lab group under one PI with five-six other graduate students and one post doc. My days usually involve a mixture of working in the lab and analyzing data. Most of my experiments are hands on, like setting up for an impedance spectroscopy run, making samples for transmission electron microscopy, synthesizing material, or running an electron microscope. Some of the non-lab work I do are things like reading papers, going to seminars, writing grants, and preparing conference abstracts. On Friday afternoons we have a group meeting where two or three students update the group on what they've been working on. We'll also talk about the state of the lab, conference updates, and plan a group social event.