University of Denver
AIP Center for History of Physics Intern
American Institute of Physics
AIP Center for History of Physics Internship
Are you curious about the human story behind scientific discoveries? The AIP Niels Bohr Library & Archives is looking for two interns to work with staff to create a museum-style exhibit to highlight the human side of physics using the fascinating photographs, oral history interviews, archival collections, and books from the library and archives collections. The exhibit will fill three small display cases and will have an online companion piece. Interns will research potential topics for the exhibit and work with staff to select the most appropriate topic, locate information and resources for inclusion in the exhibit, work with a web designer to wireframe the online exhibit, and create the physical exhibit and install it in the display cases. The interns will also create a social media outreach plan to promote the exhibit on various outlets, including a newsletter, blog, Facebook, and Twitter (using Hootsuite Social Media Dashboard), and will create separate outreach plans to promote the Library & Archives and the exhibit to SPS student members and more broadly, to physics departments within colleges/universities. Other creative outreach and promotion items are encouraged (i.e. bibliography for related reading and research, posters/flyers/other graphic print announcements, bookmarks and other promotional materials). We are looking for creative ideas to showcase the intersection of science with the humanities.
The Niels Bohr Library & Archives boasts a robust archival collection about the history of physics. As one of the Library’s interns, I was tasked with highlighting the human story behind scientific discoveries through a physical and online, museum-style exhibit that utilizes the Library’s documents and images. In contemplating a theme for the exhibit, I determined that questioning why the history of physics matters in the first place would be important. The intent was to engage people outside of the field of history, especially other physics students, with the resources that the Library provides. Initiating this engagement necessitated an explanation of the relevance of the history of physics to physics. This became the topic of the summer. History is often disregarded as extraneous or inconsequential to scientific work. But, history is inherently connected to all facets of scientific inquiry because it documents all attempted, achieved, and anticipated discoveries. Drudging up the history textbooks may seem like an absurd way to advance science, but because history involves a collection of ideas, theories, and equations that becomes the foundation for future improvements, understanding the history of physics is undoubtedly indispensable.
I am a sophomore, and a first-generation student, at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. I am majoring in physics and mathematics and minoring in leadership, Spanish, and computer science. In the fall, I will be studying abroad at the University of Geneva and conducting research on probing the viscosity of conduction electrons in metals, and specifically on superconducting materials, in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, I have held internships at Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Most of my free time is spent participating in service-based organizations. I am the Community Outreach/Volunteering Chair for DU’s Society of Physics Students chapter, the VP of Community Service for DU’s National Society of Collegiate Scholars chapter, and I volunteer regularly at a transitional housing facility that provides support services and skill development for homeless families. I also recently traveled to India and Nepal for a humanitarian trip that involved everything from establishing a women’s business cooperative to working at orphanages to implementing science curriculums in impoverished schools.