SPS SOCK (Science Outreach Catalyst Kit) Intern
American Institute of Physics
The Society of Physics Students values opportunities in physics and astronomy for undergraduates and places global science outreach for younger generations at its core. Science Outreach Catalyst Kits (SOCKs) are free to SPS chapters while supplies last and contain an exploratory physics and science activity. SOCKs are specifically designed for SPS chapters to use in outreach presentations for elementary, middle, and high school students. Each SOCK comes with the essential materials to conduct a set of demonstrations, a comprehensive manual, and instructions on how to expand the demonstration to become a tried-and-true outreach activity. The 2020-21 SOCK is celebrating the international year of sound by theming its demonstrations around acoustics and expanding its availability to Acoustical Society of America chapters. Come learn about the 2020 SOCK if you are just starting out or are demo pro!
Hi there! Thanks for stopping by to look at my profile. My name is Holly, and I'm the SOCK Intern for the summer of 2020. The opportunity to educate the next generation on physics phenomena is very exciting for me! Amidst the current pandemic, I am still determined to create an enlightening and engaging SOCK kit for SPS outreach events!
I recently graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a bachelor's degree in applied physics and a minor in computer science. My journey at Marquette was unforgettable; while my major integrated physics and engineering, I joined Alpha Omega Epsilon - a professional and social sorority for engineers and technical scientists. The sorority was a major support system during my undergraduate career. I would not have maintained my passion for physics and completing my undergraduate degree without my sisters.
In the fall, I plan to attend graduate school at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where I will be working towards a Masters in Earth Science. My passion for the environment drives my research interests; I am interested in studying the implications and interactions of natural disasters such as earthquakes, rock slides, and volcanic eruptions. I aspire to aid my research advisor in further developing her research on the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. The prospect of performing field research is very exciting to me!
I tend to think of myself as an outdoorsy person, hence the excitement for field research! In my spare time, I enjoy biking, running, hiking, reading, bullet journaling, painting, and exploring new music and food. I am a dog-lover at heart, a tea drinker, and thrilled to (virtually) meet all of the SPS summer staff!