Triple Major: Physics, Music, and Mathematics
Hometown: Saranac Lake, New York
Ph.D. student; University of Rochester
“I had overwhelming support from many different “advisors” in multiple academic departments. All were very invested in my education. Professor Kevin Schultz helped me take take eight graduate level physics and math courses with professors in each department before attending grad school. He also showed me what it is like to be a physicist in academia and most strongly developed my sense for asking questions in science. I was part of the Undergraduate Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA Survey (ALFALFA) Team for four years with Professor Parker Troischt. We collaborated with astronomers and scientists at The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. This is the largest radio astronomy survey to date. My involvement included four on-site visits, off-site observation, a Freedman Prize, a summer internship, and a poster presentation at a national astronomy conference.”
Physics major, mathematics minor
Ph.D. Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
“I want to build spaceships.” It was clear from her arrival at Hartwick that Eileen knew exactly what she wanted to do -aerospace engineering. A physics degree is the best path forward in this direction, and that is exactly what Eileen did, culminating in a very exciting hands-on senior project, building a pulse jet engine. She also had several interesting internships along the way at GE and at NASA. Eileen took advantage of Hartwick’s 3-2 pre-engineering program with Clarkson University and earned two bachelor degrees (physics from Hartwick and aeronautical engineering from Clarkson) in 5 years.