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Meet Our Physics Undergraduate Students

Mark Giovinazzi, BS Physics '18

Mark Giovinazzi

Degree: BS Physics (Astrophysics concentration) '18, Minor in Mathematics
Research Interests: Cosmology and computational astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology
Co-ops:
- 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

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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.

Tell us about the research you have been involved in at Drexel.

I am currently conducting my senior thesis research project, titled "Simulating Planetary Systems within Star Clusters," with physics professor Stephen McMillan, PhD. My work involves using AMUSE, a software framework in Python, to populate star clusters with planets and ask questions regarding the fates of these systems.

I have also worked under Naoko Kurahashi-Neilson, PhD, as a computational data scientist for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. The best part about working for IceCube was the vast amount of presentation experience I gained; being a part of such a large collaboration allowed me to speak at three reputable physics conferences.

Before that, I was part of an experimental cosmology lab to assist in the design and construction of a balloon-borne telescope (BLAST-TNG) to study the effects of magnetic fields on star formation. The coolest aspect of this experience was building components that will fly from Antarctica to the edge of space.

What were some of your most memorable travel experiences through Drexel?

I took part in Drexel's Alternative Spring Break program to build houses with Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport, Connecticut; this was a life-changing experience in which I befriended some exceptional people in the proud Bridgeport community and made lifelong friends from Drexel. Most recently, I had the privilege of presenting my astrophysics research at PhysCon in San Francisco, sponsored by both Drexel and the Society of Physics Students. Thanks to the funding, I was able to attend one of the world's largest undergraduate physics conferences, learn about the research of other physics undergraduates around the country, and explore one of my new favorite cities!

How were your co-op experiences?

The co-op program has treated me phenomenally, and I feel that I have gotten the most out of the program. I have done research in computational astronomy and astroparticle physics at Drexel, experimental cosmology at the University of Pennsylvania, and radar technologies and electronic warfare at Lockheed Martin. I learned not only about how physics research is structured, but also about the nature of research across other disciplines. Through my experiences, I have networked with graduate students, researchers, scientists and faculty from all over the world, many of whom have helped me tremendously as both a student and a person.

What has made your experience at Drexel special or unique?

I held a position at Lincoln Financial Field as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles for the first three years of my time at Drexel, and it has rooted me to the City of Brotherly Love more than I ever thought possible. Whether volunteering at the Philadelphia Science Festival, seeing the Tall Ships Festival, attending Phillies games, walking across the city at night, or admiring the skyline at three in the morning, I found a second home in Philly that has made my time here truly unique. Engaging in both the Drexel community and Philadelphia has helped me to make the most of my time at Drexel. To future students: get involved early and love this city. I promise you will not regret it.

Have you received any awards or scholarships while here at Drexel?

I am the recipient of the annual A.J. Drexel Scholarship, the one-time Drexel Family Scholarship, the M. Russell Wehr Physics Award, the Henry S.C. Chen Memorial Award for Physics, and the one-year Circle K Scholarship. I have been admitted into the Pennoni Honors College and STAR (Students Tackling Advance Research) Scholar program. I am also recognized as a Supernova Undergraduate Research Fellow.

Why would you recommend the Physics program at Drexel for undergraduates?

For starters, the faculty within the Drexel physics department are exceptional as professors, mentors and researchers. One of the first things Drexel physics majors learn is how to program computers, primarily in Python and C++; this is an up-and-coming skill that many other physics departments do not require. Physics majors who can write code are far more valuable to employers and graduate schools than those who cannot, as many real physics problems involve calculations that only a computer can solve.

This answer would not be complete if I failed to mention Drexel's co-op program. Co-op provides a taste of either physics research or physics in industry, or even work in another discipline. Physics majors can try multiple things to decide for themselves what they do and do not enjoy, and sometimes the best co-ops are the ones that students do not like. Students will have a tremendous amount of hard work to boast about on their résumé when it comes time to apply to jobs or graduate schools.

What advice do you have for a high school student looking for an undergraduate program?

I would tell any high school student to look for programs and opportunities that will distinguish them in job or grad school applications. For me, it was the physics department and co-op system that I felt would set me apart from other candidates. If you have questions about the department or college before applying, you should not be afraid to contact a professor; it makes for a good show of initiative and he/she will be more than happy to help.

Eesha Das Gupta, BS Physics '19

Eesha Das Gupta

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am currently a fourth year physics major here at Drexel. I'm an active member of the Drexel chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), and Vice President of the Drexel Women in Physics Society (WiPS). I'm interested in computational physics research and physics outreach, and like to explore both as a part of the Drexel physics department.

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What’s your current research project? Please tell us about other research projects you were involved in.

I am currently interested in computational astrophysics research, and I would like to be involved in a related project for my senior research and my third co-op.

I worked with the IceCube Collaboration and Naoko Kurahashi Neilson, PhD, as a STAR scholar, my freshman year, and then worked with a condensed matter group at Drexel under Goran Karapetrov, PhD, for my first co-op. The IceCube Neutrino observatory at the South Pole, detects fundamental particles called neutrinos of astrophysical nature and those produced in interactions between cosmic rays and earth's atmosphere. My job was to analyze the effect of density and temperature variation in the atmosphere on the count rate of the neutrinos IceCube detects, and observe a seasonal variation in the data.

My co-op involved growing thin films of Titanium diselenide, a layered material, which displays superconductivity at lower temperatures when doped with copper. Over the summer, we grew thin films as thin as 4 nanometers, and characterized it under optical microscope, atomic force microscope (AFM), and other techniques. As a co-op student, I got to work very closely with these and more equipments and that was a very cool experience!

Both these projects were very different from each other, one was heavily computational and the other required extensive lab work.

Have you received any awards or scholarships while here at Drexel?

I was a STAR scholar my freshman year and received the opportunity to work with Professor Neilson, as mentioned above. I have also been a Peer Mentor for incoming physics students and have been a TA of the University 101 course, as a part of it. I was the Physics Fellow for the 2016-17 academic year, and assisted freshmen with physics and math coursework.

I have also received the Larson Endowed Scholarship, Russell Wehr Physics Award, and the AJ Drexel Scholarship.

Were you provided with opportunities to travel?

I have been to three APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Wesleyan University, and Princeton University. I have also been to the 2015 APS April Meeting in Baltimore, MD and SPS Quadrennial Physics Congress in San Francisco, CA.

How was your co-op experience?

My first co-op with Professor Karapetrov was very helpful in broadening my scope of physics research. The intersections between condensed matter physics, chemistry, and chemical and material science engineering gave me a broader perspective and helped me fine-tune my work interests.

My second co-op was at AmeriQuest Business Services in Cherry Hill, NJ as a programmer intern in IT, and it helped me identify industrial applications of a physics education. I am planning on going to grad school, but the co-op program helped me explore alternatives to research, in case I ever need to move to industry.

What has made your experience at Drexel “special” or “unique?

Being a part of the Physics program makes my experiences at Drexel special! The department is very close-knit and the people are very helpful, both academically and otherwise. As a part of the two student organizations within the department, I'm always involved with something or the other, be it cool physics demos or interaction with physicists from other universities.

Something exciting is always happening and there are always opportunities if you are looking for them. That's what makes physics and Drexel unique for me.

Why would you recommend the Physics program at Drexel for undergraduate school?

The Physics program at Drexel focuses quite a bit on computational aspects of physics, which is very useful for both academic and industrial research jobs. The department has a variety of research groups that provide opportunities to be involved with developments in science. Besides, the department is quite inclusive and efforts are always being made to increase diversity in the Drexel physics community.

What advice do you have for a high school student looking for an undergraduate program?

Consider all aspects of a college education! Although academics will be, and should be, a significant part of your college life, there are other things to consider as well, such as finance, housing, community, etc. I would recommend choosing a program that offers you a decent housing and financial package in addition to good academics. You'll be gaining a lot of experience in college, both academic and non-academic, so it's important to choose an option that seems like the best combination of all those aspects.

Emily Harkness, BS Physics '20

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

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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.

Tell us about your recent courses, trips, research experiences and/or co-ops.

In the fall, I finished up my research co-op in biophysics with the Drexel physics department. As a research assistant under physics professor Dr. Frank Ferrone, I was in charge of fixing up an old experiment that uses laser photolysis. I learned so much through my research, and I'm hoping to learn even more through my courses this term.

For my course schedule, I took Probability and Statistics, Differential Equations, Quantum Mechanics and Observational Astrophysics. It has been exciting to delve into even more abstract concepts in physics while grounding myself in the practical mathematical ideas presented in statistics and differential equations. I had a lot going on with challenging courses, moving into a new apartment and starting up again as PR chair of my a cappella group, but I enjoyed all of it.

How was your co-op experience?

My co-op experience has been fantastic! Through co-op, I've discovered a lot about my own ambitions while learning about what it's really like to do research. While it's often frustrating in the moment to deal with roadblocks in research, I realize looking back that I've accomplished so much in a short period of time.

What kind of research are you interested in?

My current research is in biophysics, specifically the kinetics of sickle hemoglobin polymerization using laser photolysis. More generally, I'm interested in medical or disease-oriented biophysics research, which is basically studying the physical causes of physiological responses to disease. This research can range from the thermodynamics and kinetics of different diseases to computer modeling of proteins. I'm also very interested in medical physics research, which focuses more on developing instrumentation like scanning technology or thermal drug therapy techniques.

Which element of your Drexel experience do you identify with most, and why?

The part of my Drexel experience I identify most with is my major and the community surrounding it. I've found a number of wonderful, welcoming communities at Drexel that I love being a part of, but the physics department at Drexel is where I feel most understood. Being surrounded by people who understand your passion is really amazing, especially when the department is as small and close knit as ours.

What is one thing a faculty member has told you that stuck with you?

A professor once told me that engineers can't do what physicists can do, but physicists can do what engineers do. I don't know if that's necessarily true, but when I was anxious about switching my major from electrical engineering to physics, it was nice to hear that I would have exciting job prospects and something worthwhile and unique to contribute to society as a physicist. I obviously have a lot of respect for engineers, but it's okay to need validation that studying what you love is worthwhile.

What motivates you?

My ultimate motivation is to help people, and a secondary motivation is understanding the universe. I really feel that both can be pursued in conjunction with each other, though they are very different.

What advice do you have for a high school student looking for an undergraduate program?

My advice for a high school student interested in physics would be to keep an open mind. Coming in to the program, I had ideas about the major that turned out to be totally wrong. I thought I wanted to be a theorist, and now I'm leaning toward medical physics. Before that, I wanted to be a teacher. There are so many possibilities in physics; try to explore every opportunity so you know what's out there!

James Minock, BS Physics '20

James Minock

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a third year undergraduate physics major who has been working in neutrino physics research. I am pursuing a minor in computer science, I maintain a part-time job during academic terms at Hagerty Library, and I am the Event Coordinator/Director of Outreach for Drexel’s Chapter of Society of Physics Students. In addition, I am also a part of the Honors Program. In the spare time I can find, I like to play Dungeons and Dragons with my friends.

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What’s your current research project? Please tell us about other research projects you were involved in.

Currently, I work under Michelle Dolinski, PhD, for the PROSPECT Collaboration. It is a sterile neutrino oscillation detection experiment that will be collecting data at Oakridge Laboratory. For my part, I have mostly been on the computational side, comparing simulation and real data and analyzing methods for best Pulse Shape Discrimination. I have also had the privilege to travel to Yale University for assembly work for components of the detector.

Have you received any awards or scholarships while here at Drexel?

Since the first term, I have been able to maintain Dean’s List.

Were you provided with opportunities to travel?

Yes, I have spent a total of 5 weeks at Wright Laboratory at Yale University. It was a wonderful experience where I learned from a hands-on perspective how particle detection works (and particle detector construction). I was able to meet other members of the collaboration along with other particle physics collaborations, and sit in on lectures from distinguished Yale alumni and physicists.

How was your co-op experience?

It was an excellent experience! I learned much regarding nuclear and particle physics, and I learned even more about the general research experience. This experience gave me a taste for graduate school, and it really helped assure me that this is something I would love to do with my life.

What extracurricular activities are you involved with on campus?

I am a member and officer of Drexel’s Society of Physics Students. I act as the Event Coordinator and the Director of Outreach. The club helped break me out of my shell and helped me become more involved with the physics department, fellow undergraduates, and volunteer service in general. It is my goal for the club to be a source of camaraderie among undergraduates interested in physics, and for the club to give back to the community in the best way that we can. If you are interested in physics, feel free to stop by a meeting! We love new and old faces!

What has made your experience at Drexel “special” or “unique?

The most important part of my Drexel physics experience has been the stellar professors that are a part of the physics department. From the faculty that I have had and worked with, there is a real sense that they care about student education and experience. This collaboration also helps with their research and how they do it – it makes Drexel physics an excellent department. Aside from that, the STAR Program and co-op have allowed me to do actual research work and hands-on construction work at Yale, things I never thought I would be doing in college.

Why would you recommend the Physics program at Drexel for undergraduate school?

As I have said before, I am a big fan of many of the professors of physics at Drexel. I have found a significant difference between departments, and in general the professors of physics are by far my favorite. Also, due to the co-op terms, it can give students hands-on experience that is very hard to get as undergraduates. I feel very relieved knowing that I will have research and work experience under my belt when applying to graduate schools, even when applying for a non-research job. Experience to me seems to be crucial, and this department and University provide that experience.

What advice do you have for a high school student looking for an undergraduate program?

If you are certain or not about what you want to do with physics or even if it entails physics, join a program that has more to offer than just classes that give you credit. You should enroll with the expectation to have a variety of experiences. These experiences can range from making connections with professors, learning and becoming inspired in the classroom from excellent lecturers, being able to do research, being part of a community that matches your love of physics, and being exposed to the different branches of physics or things that can be done with a degree in physics (education and policy). In looking for an undergraduate physics program, choose one that offers a variety of experiences.

Andrew Pellegrino, BS Physics '18

Andrew Pellegrino

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a senior in Physics concentrating in Astrophysics; I am planning to continue my Astrophysics studies in grad school. I also love coding, and I’m minoring in Computer Science.

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What’s your current research project? Please tell us about other research projects you were involved in.

For my current co-op I’ve been studying the large-scale structure of matter in the universe and how it relates to quasar black hole mass through the two-point correlation function. In the process I’ve written my own software package for computing the correlation function which we’ll be releasing soon. Last year I worked on a new comprehensive simulation of star cluster formation which included the effects of stellar winds, radiation and supernovae, and is now being run on Cartesius, the Dutch national supercomputer.

Have you received any awards or scholarships while here at Drexel?

This year I received the Lorenzo M. Narducci Memorial Endowed Scholarship from the Physics department, and an honorable mention for the Goldwater Scholarship.

What extracurricular activities are you involved with on campus?

I’m the secretary for the Society of Physics Students. We do things like educational outreach for high school students and the general public as well as social events for undergraduates. I’ve also been involved with CRIBFLEX, an undergrad research project to study the effect of cosmic rays on computer memory at high altitudes.

Why would you recommend the Physics program at Drexel for undergraduate school?

For me, the co-op program has been absolutely crucial to starting a career in physics. If you’re thinking about grad school, co-ops might be the best thing you can do make yourself more qualified. It’s said that research experience is the most important part of a grad school application, and you’ll get plenty of research experience by doing three co-ops. We have faculty at Drexel doing some pretty important research, so it’s great to get involved now, and the practical experience is rewarding in itself.

Keziah Sheldon, BS Physics '19

Keziah Sheldon

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a 4th year undergraduate physics major, I’m also a cellist, and I love coffee!

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What’s your current research project? Please tell us about other research projects you were involved in.

My current research project is exploring the ICA weight space of 75,000 quasars to find possible luminosity correlations, which would be useful in constraining cosmological parameters. I’ve also been working on an archival search for existing HST quasar spectra to be used in a large scale with ground-based spectra for a further comprehensive analysis of the quasar population.

Have you received any awards or scholarships while here at Drexel?

I’ve been a recipient of the Drexel Undergraduate Physics Fellows, and the Performing Arts Scholarship.

Were you provided with opportunities to travel?

I was able to go to Canada for part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program with the University of Toronto’s Astronomy department, and it was awesome! On a shorter term scale, I’ve also been to the 2016 SPS PhysCon in San Francisco, and the APS April 2015 meeting in Baltimore.

How was your co-op experience?

My co-ops have been with Gordon Richards, PhD. For my first co-op I did an analysis of 24 new HST quasar spectra and an archival search for existing quasar spectra taken with the HST. My second co-op was part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the University of Toronto. I worked on using quasars as a possible standardizable candle for cosmological constraints.

What extracurricular activities are you involved with on campus?

I’m a cellist in the Drexel University Orchestra and president of the Women in Physics Society.

What has made your experience at Drexel “special” or “unique?

The co-op program at Drexel has facilitated great opportunities to get involved with active research groups, and spend the co-op period as a student researcher. The six month period of co-op is a great opportunity to tackle a project.

Why would you recommend the Physics program at Drexel for undergraduate school?

I would recommend the physics program at Drexel as a great starting point to get computational experience, as well as the opportunities for working as an undergraduate researcher within the department.

What advice do you have for a high school student looking for an undergraduate program?

Don’t be shy about contacting the student group leaders (Society of Physics Students, Women in Physics etc) about their experience and the student dynamic. They are there to help!

Riley Stanford, BS Physics '19

Riley StanfordThe 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.

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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.

“My biggest project at Lockheed took me two months to do; I had to find the problem and implement a fix in the code,” she says. "It was very much like untangling a pair of headphones you find in your pocket — you keep finding more and more problems — but it was very cool. The first day I got the fix working, I ran up and down the hall telling my cubemates. It left me feeling like I had learned something and made an impact at my co-op.”

Stanford was selected for a second systems engineering co-op at Lockheed her pre-junior year, this time in the Command and Decision department. For both positions, she had to pass federal security clearances and prove her coding abilities alongside computer science and engineering majors.

“The physics department prepares you during your first year to use coding in your co-op and then you can decide if you want to pursue software development or go more into research,” she says. “Once you understand the logic behind coding, you can keep picking up other languages. It’s super useful to gain that foundation.”

Stanford explored the research side of physics as a freshman, intrigued by a professor’s project on a mutant strain of Alzheimer’s disease found in Osaka, Japan. Under the direction of Brigita Urbanc, PhD, associate professor of physics, Stanford used computational modeling to simulate protein deletions caused by the disease in folds of the brain. She has continued the research part time alongside her co-ops and academics, and plans to make it the focus of her senior thesis. Although she does not plan on a career in physics research, the experience opened her eyes to the range of issues the field can address.

“I’ve always been more interested in the engineering and computer science aspects of physics,” she says. “I chose physics because I liked that you could have the jobs that a lot of those majors could have, but also pave your own path academically.”

This spring, Stanford’s diverse experiences will help her tackle a new set of problems in her third co-op at Lia Diagnostics, the company behind the first biodegradable, flushable pregnancy test. As Research and Development Manager, Stanford will rely on her interdisciplinary background as she helps bring the product to market. The Lia pregnancy test received FDA clearance in December and is scheduled for release this summer, promising a more sustainable alternative to traditional pregnancy tests.

“Since I will be working at a small startup, I anticipate wearing a lot of hats and filling in however I can. It’s completely different from my previous work, but I expect to learn a lot about business models and how startups get off the ground,” she says. “This is a dream co-op and I’m so glad that I got to make it happen!”

Stanford says the support she’s found in diverse communities — from her coworkers at Lockheed to peers in Drexel’s Women in Physics Society — has played a big role in her personal, professional and academic growth. She frequently attends office hours with professors and has formed close relationships with several of them, including Associate Professor of Physics Michelle Dolinski, PhD. Through Dolinski’s mentorship, Stanford has learned that asking for help is not a “weakness,” as she originally thought, but an important tool for academic success.

“Physics is something I need to work hard at to say afloat, but I think that makes me more employable and better at learning,” she says. “Because I’m willing to ask questions, I know what to ask to get to where I need to be.”

Stanford, who also has minors in math and mechanical engineering, is determined to pass on that constructive perspective as a tutor in the Academic Center for Engineers. She uses real-world experiences to illustrate mathematical concepts for students who struggle in physics, chemistry and engineering. When academic pressure becomes too much, Stanford suggests shaking things up with something totally different.

For her, that means roller derby, taking her third improv comedy course, and teaching body pump classes at the Drexel Recreation Center. Pushing out of her comfort zone — both academically and socially — has come to define her Drexel experience.

“One of my favorite things about Drexel is meeting people who are from somewhere else, doing something else, on a different part of their path than I am,” Stanford says. “I like that so many people come together in this city.”

Cuong Trinh, BS Physics '19

Cuong Trinh

Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Cuong Trinh, I’m currently a fourth year Physics/Chemistry double major at Drexel University. As a fourth year student, I had two co-op opportunities, which I spent working on particle physics research.

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What’s your current research project? Please tell us about other research projects you were involved in.

My current research project is named PROSPECT, or Precision Reactor Oscillation and SPECTrum experiment. My part of the project is working on a calibration system that injects short pulses of laser light into the main detector. I’m also experimenting with a neutron simulation that may be used for PROSPECT calibration. Along with that, I’m also developing a slow control system that can monitor and control the PROSPECT detector (this is perhaps the coolest part of my research). During my freshman year, I worked on a biophysics project that used atomic force microscopy.

Have you received any awards or scholarships while here at Drexel?

I have received the Drexel Dragon Scholarship and AJ Drexel Scholarship.

Were you provided with opportunities to travel?

During my research, I had a number of travel opportunities. Several of these were to Yale University to work on a prototype of the PROSPECT detector and to do some preparation work for the assembly of the full-scale detector. One major travel opportunity that I had was to go to the APS Division of Nuclear Physics conference in Vancouver to give a presentation on the laser calibration system. This was pretty cool, as I got to meet a lot of people in the field, including other students who are also doing research in particle and nuclear physics.

How was your co-op experience?

My co-op experience was pretty cool. The entire process places you in a job-seeking simulation, which to me was interesting. Personally, the co-op that I have been doing for two years now is great because, as stated earlier, I got to travel to different places to present my work as well as work on other projects. Additionally, I got the opportunity to work with several professors and postdocs who are more knowledgeable in the field, and from them I’ve been able to learn and experiment with new ideas. Overall, the work I’m doing is teaching me a lot, in this case about neutrino physics.

What extracurricular activities are you involved with on campus?

I’m involved in several clubs and organizations on campus. Some of the ones I’m most active in are the Society of Physics Students, the Vietnamese Student Association, and the Asian Student Association.

What has made your experience at Drexel “special” or “unique?

I feel like what made my experience at Drexel unique was the large number of research opportunities at this institution. Additionally, the small class sizes provided me with a good environment to explore and develop.

Why would you recommend the Physics program at Drexel for undergraduate school?

If you are going to attend Drexel, I would recommend Physics over other majors. One major reason is the smaller class size in Physics, which is a better learning environment compared to the larger class sizes in some other majors. I feel another reason to major in Physics is that you can be a part of a research team more easily than in other majors at Drexel. Overall, Physics is just a wonderful major.

What advice do you have for a high school student looking for an undergraduate program?

The best advice given to me was never hesitate to ask a question or ask for help from other people, and never be afraid to try something. I feel like that same advice is valuable to any graduating high school student.