Nykesha Fyffe gets excited about the problem-solving focus of physics, and learning that there are multiple ways to make that happen.
“I like that you don’t have to think like other students to get to the same conclusion,” said Fyffe, who plans to finish her Applied Physics (BS) degree in 2017.
She credits the Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty members for opening her eyes to the knowledge and skills she’ll need to pursue her desired career. “I’m majoring in physics because I want to use what I’m learning to help people, and to help solve the problems of the future,” she said.
The opportunity to work as a research assistant with professors in the department – Dr. Jennifer Burris and Dr. Brooke Hester – has been her most valuable experience in the program so far. She says that since working with them she’s developed problem-solving skills that help her succeed in all of her classes.
“All the professors here are so willing to help,” she said. “Engaging with them is the key to succeeding in this degree.”
“My goal after graduation is to attend an engineering graduate program. I know my experience here in the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be excellent preparation for that.”
Fyffe received the Lloyd L. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship for the Physical Sciences for her junior year.