University of North Alabama
SPS Leadership Scholarship
My name is Christian Bayens and I am a rising junior at the University of North Alabama. Raised in Auburn, I attended UNA originally to pursue an education in Entertainment Technology. After a semester, I decided to change my major to Mathematics and then ultimately to Professional Physics. I also became very involved on campus, joining organizations such as the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Student Government Association, and the Society of Physics Students. I was almost immediately voted in as the treasurer of SPS after proposing ideas for funding a trip to the 2012 PhysCon conference in Orlando, Florida. The trip was a major success and one member of our SPS chapter even took home a first place prize for her astronomy poster project. Recently, I have been working on an astronomy project of my own on the subject of galactic cannibalism. At the 2013 Alabama Academy of Sciences meeting, I presented the project in the Math and Physics poster competition and was awarded the first place prize. In the future, I plan to continue conducting and presenting undergraduate physics research for the University of North Alabama. Ultimately, I hope to attend graduate school to study Applied Physics and eventually teach at the university level.