“Physics is one of the most fulfilling majors one could pursue. It allows you to rigorously question the foundational principles of the universe.”
“After I graduate from Carthage, I hope to pursue either a master’s degree or doctorate in medical physics.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Professor Brant Carlson, who is the professor I’ve worked with the most, helped me gain experience doing research and helped me develop my skills as a technical writer, student, and leader. Professor Jean Quashnock, my faculty advisor, helped me plan out my future possibilities and career goals as I prepare to enter the field of medical physics. Professor Julie Dahlstrom, who was the first physics professor I had at Carthage, helped point me in the direction of those in the Physics Department who would help me reach my goals.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“My first J-Term at Carthage, I had the privilege of playing in the Carthage Wind Orchestra during their Japan tour. I had the opportunity to be part of an ensemble that played the world premiere of a piece while touring Japan.
“Additionally, I was part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program over the summer under the advising of Prof. Carlson’s Thunderstorm Electric Field Mapping Project. I worked on a computational simulation of Runaway Relativistic Electron Avalanche (RREA) events that are thought to produce Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes (TGF’s) in thunderstorms. I was also able to virtually attend the American Geophysical Union’s fall conference as presenting author of a poster on this work, in collaboration with the rest of Prof. Carlson’s 2020 SURE research group.
“As a result of the support of the professors at Carthage, I also had the opportunity to work as an undergraduate research fellow at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and have since published my research in the American Association of Physicists in Medicine’s Medical Physics Journal, which has international readership. I have been greatly surprised by the accessibility of doing research at Carthage.”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot is the seventh-floor lakeside lounge in The Tower.”
Biggest surprise so far
“What’s surprised me most was the accessibility of doing research. Scientific research can seem like a very far off concept, but the accessibility of the professors and their research makes it seem much less so.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I think my 8-year-old self would think that my career path is a bit on the boring side, but it’s not that far off from what I was interested in then.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Physics is one of the most fulfilling majors one could pursue. It allows you to rigorously question the foundational principles of the universe, if that’s your thing. Although, I would advise anyone considering the major to consider if it is really their passion because it requires a willingness to work hard for positive results.”
“I chose Carthage because of the accessibility of professors as well as the accessibility of the music program.”