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Abby Flowers


Hometown: San Leandro, CA
Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics
Study Abroad: Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science
Best Adjective to Describe You: Compassionate

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
Physics is fascinating, but also, we have a community, and you get to know your professors and fellow students well.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Join the Society of Physics Students! Also don't be scared to go to office hours and ask professors or TAs questions.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
As cheesy as it sounds, I've learned a lot about myself and have been able to try new things that I would have never tried before. For example, I went zip lining on study abroad, which is something I would have been too scared to try before coming to K. Turns out zip lining is super fun!

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K was Physics 220, or Intro to Relativity and Quantum Physics. While Intro was fun, 220 exposes you to a whole new world of physics that I never even knew about.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I've tried, when I can, to take classes outside my major and outside of STEM.  I have taken a couple of history classes, a women gender and sexuality class, and an English class. I hope to take a lot more this year. I think taking classes outside our major is important so we can better understand the social and political implications of our field as well as our own biases.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I'm the Society of Physics Students’ president. I've also been a part of Sisters in Science.

What is your SIP?
My SIP will be looking at the densities of neutrons and anti-neutrons in neutron stars. Eventually, this may help us find processes in which matter spontaneously turns into anti-matter and possibly explain why matter is more prevalent than anti-matter in our universe.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
After K I hope to either find a research position or a teaching job, before eventually heading to grad school! I haven't figured out exactly what I want to do yet, so I'm going to take some time off before grad school to try out different jobs and figure out what exactly I want to do.

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