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I first got involved in SPS my freshman year at Coe College when I was invited by the associate zone councilor of our zone (11) to go to Carthage for the zone 9 meeting. By the end of my first semester, my advisor convinced me to apply for the 2016 PhysCon Planning Committee, which I served on for about 4 years. I then served on the Executive Planning Committee for PhysCon 2019 and am continuing to help with PhysCon 2021. Besides being engaged at the national level, I was very involved in my own chapter serving as secretary, vice president, and president. I was also inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma at the end of my junior year.
I graduated from Coe College in 2017 with BAs in physics and studio art and received my Master's in Materials Science in 2019 from Arizona State University. I'm currently a graduate student at Penn State researching the structures and properties of glassy materials.
I'm interested in joining the alumni engagement program because I want to give back to a program that helped shaped who I am today and continues to give me a support network of amazing friends and colleagues.
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Pennsylvania State University
Right now at Penn State I'm mostly focused on my classwork. Once my class requirements are over, I'll be doing research full time. I'm an experimentalist, so my work is hands on in the lab. I synthesize glass samples and then run different characterization techniques to get information about their structure and properties. When I'm not in the lab, I'm reading papers, attending conferences, and shooting foam rockets at my lab mates. My group is mostly grad students with 2 post docs and a handful of undergrads. We have a weekly meeting where we share research updates, and my advisor and I have weekly one-on-one meetings.