North Carolina State University
APS Career Programs Intern
American Physical Society
As this year’s APS Careers intern, I worked on two major projects to promote physics as a profession with many potential pathways. The statistics (sourced from the AIP Statistical Center) are clear: only 1 in 7 physics majors go on to earn a Ph.D. and about half go straight into the workforce. I sought to deliver a creative message dispelling common misconceptions about what and who a physicist should be, and encouraged my audience to use their many resources to educate themselves. Most of my time was spent perfecting an informational video to be posted to the APS YouTube page. The approximately 5-minute video outlines the cool things you can do with a physics degree, addresses myths, and provides some statistics about diversity within the field. It also directs the viewers to the APS Careers webpage and recently updated Professional Development Guide. In addition to the video, I collaborated with the APS Marketing team to create an accompanying poster with a similar theme. Through this project I gained valuable project management and communication skills.
My current home is at North Carolina State University where I major in Physics and minor in Mathematics. I expect to graduate in May 2019 and I am very excited to take the next time in my life-long learning journey. Outside of the classroom and the books, I mostly spend time doing research with the nuclear group in the physics department. I’m currently working on an independent project that involves background analysis of the PULSTAR reactor at State using a High Purity Germanium detector; a project I’ve been working on since last summer.
Outside of my physics world I try to keep my life balanced with various arts including violin, electric bass guitar, occasional piano, singing, and even some (bad) acting. I participate in jam sessions and quartets whenever possible and played 2nd violin with the Raleigh Civic Symphony for 3 years. Recently, I’ve focused my efforts at a local AME church as a violin instructor. This experience, along with many others, have inspired my most recent passion for teaching. I hope someday to be doing a combination of teaching physics, nuclear fusion research and musical composition.