SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor
University of Utah
Tamara Young, is the academic advisor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah and an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Salt Lake Community College. They have served as the SPS advisor at the University of Utah for three years. They were elected to the National Council for Zone 15 in 2018, and will be serving as co-chair of the SPS Governance Committee for the 2019-2020 academic year. Young has a BS in Physics from Utah State University and an MS in Physics from the University of Utah. Their Master’s thesis was on astrophysical fluid dynamics and planet formation.
Young’s passion for education and outreach extends beyond their work as advisor and professor. They have given presentations on STEM for multiple junior high and high school events and conferences at the University of Utah, as well as out in the community. SPS has frequently supported these outreach projects by engaging the students in fun, hands-on demonstrations. Liquid nitrogen icecream is always the favorite!
Young has been actively involved in the advising community at the University of Utah: serving as the co-chair of the Advising Position Committee, a member of the Executive Committee for the University Advising Community, and serving as the volunteer coordinator for the University Advising Conference for the past two years.
Young will be returning to graduate school this fall with the goal of completing a Ph.D. in Physics Education Research.