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Physics Student Stories

Emily Harkness, BS Physics '20

Drexel University Physics Student Emily Harkness

Degree: BS Physics '20
Research interests: Disease-oriented biophysics, innovations in medical physics
Co-op: Research Assistant, Drexel Department of Physics
Extracurricular activities: Drexel Treblemakers (a cappella group), Women in Physics Society, Pennoni Honors College
Awards: A.J. Drexel Scholarship, Walter R. Coley award for academic excellence in physics

Emily Harkness joined Drexel's Department of Physics on a quest to understand the universe — and encountered a community that encouraged her to explore the breadth of her degree.

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Riley Stanford, BS Physics '19

Drexel Physics Major Riley Stanford

The thrill of solving complex problems — and the countless applications of her degree — have drawn Drexel University Physics junior Riley Stanford to bridge the disciplines of engineering, biophysics, chemistry, math and more, and to tackle challenges as wide ranging as threats to national defense and a mutant strain of Alzheimer’s disease.

Stanford’s first co-op was in the Weapons Control Systems department of aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin. The role — a systems engineering position — challenged her to write and fix code for a simulated threat to national defense using computational skills she learned in her physics courses.

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Mark Giovinazzi, BS Physics '18

Drexel University Physics Student Mark Giovinazzi

Degree: BS Physics (Astrophysics concentration) '18, Minor in Mathematics
Research Interests: Cosmology and computational astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology
- Experimental Cosmology Researcher, University of Pennsylvania
- Computational Data Scientist, IceCube Neutrino Observatory
- Spectrum Systems Laboratory Technical Specialist, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories
Extracurricular activities: Society of Physics Students, Drexel University Circle K (service group), Pennoni Honors College, softball and football intramural teams

From conducting research for the South Pole's IceCube Neutrino Observatory to building homes through Drexel's Alternative Spring Break, Mark Giovinazzi has taken full advantage of his Drexel Physics degree.

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Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Director of Recruiting Kelly Schimpf

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