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Department of Physics and Geosciences
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Featured Students

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 Olivia Popnoe

Major: Physics (Applied Physics Concentration) / Mathematics
Hometown: Okeechabee, Florida

Why did you choose the ASU Physics and Geosciences Department?
I chose ASU physics because of the strong faculty encouragement and support I found when visiting the campus.  The ASU physics undergraduate program is nationally ranked and an excellent place to learn physics

What do you like best about the program?
I love the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It gives me confidence and encouragement to do things that I never thought I could.  The students here are incredible too, I’ve made some of the best friends I’ve ever had in this department.  And of course, the education is amazing.  I have learned so much about physics in this department that I feel well equipped to take on graduate school.

What are your career aspirations?
I’m aspiring to attend graduate school in either mechanical engineering, nuclear physics or medical physics.  Either way, after graduate school I hope to go into industry with a good job.


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 David To

Major: Physics (Applied Physics Concentration)
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas

Why did you choose the ASU Physics and Geosciences Department?
I have always been interested in physics ever since I built my first catapult in high school.  I was lucky to come upon Angelo State to find that they had a great undergraduate program.

What do you like best about the program?
I love the size of the department.  It gives me a chance to really connect and learn from the professors.  I was given an opportunity to work at Fermi National Laboratory and it was thanks to this department.

What are your career aspirations?
I am seeking a Ph.D. in medical physics and hopefully have a research project in radiation oncology.


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 Blake McCracken

Major: Physics (Applied Physics Concentration)
Hometown: San Angelo, Texas

Why did you choose the ASU Physics and Geosciences Department?
I had originally planned to attend Texas A&M in some kind of Engineering program, but when I heard of the Physics department’s national ranking, I decided to stay in San Angelo and get a physics degree from this nationally ranked department.

What do you like best about the program?
I like the personal connection between students and faculty, as well as the ease of approachability with all the professors.  In addition, the professors at the Angelo State University Physics and Geosciences actually care about the success of the students (unlike many larger universities) and will do their best to make sure the students are successful without watering down the education.

What are your career aspirations?
After this Physics degree and any further education I pursue, I plan to work in a career involving detonation physics or energetic materials physics.  I have been part of explosives research for two summer at China Lake Navy Base and I greatly enjoy the explosives research, and I plan to incorporate this greatly into my future career.