July 6, 2017
Lexxi Reddington and Tori Eng, SPS Interns
We are two of the 2017 interns for the Society of Physics Students, specifically working at the Niels Bohr Library & Archives at the American Institute of Physics. Our mentors are Melanie Mueller and Amanda Nelson, who are guiding our projects for the ten weeks of our internship.
Tori: I am a rising senior at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (although I originate from California). I am double majoring in Physics and Asian Studies. When I am not at school studying, I am typically working on events for my physics department, my sorority (Alpha Sigma Alpha), or working at Olive Garden. For the last few summers my focus has been on materials science research, specifically the creation of a bactericidal composite using lithium-borate glass. After I finish my undergraduate education I would like to pursue a graduate degree with a similar research focus. My experiences over the last few years have prepared me to harness my inner creativity for this internship. Overall this has been eye-opening to the different experiences that college physics students have and how important it is to ensure a good working knowledge of the physicists that came before.
Lexxi: I am a rising junior at the University of Denver in Colorado, as well as a first-generation student and Colorado native. I am double majoring in Physics and Mathematics, with minors in Leadership, Computer Science, and Spanish. In the fall, I will be studying abroad at the University of Geneva, in Switzerland, and conducting research on probing the viscosity of conduction electrons in metals, and specifically on superconducting materials. After I graduate from the University of Denver, I plan to pursue graduate school in Physics. I am excited about this internship because it is a wonderful opportunity to utilize my creative skills and knowledge of physics to showcase why the history of physics matters. I am also excited to share my passions for science with a larger audience, and hopefully engage people with physics in ways they had not previously considered.
For the month of July, we will be managing the Niels Bohr Library’s social media. You will get to preview some of the informational videos, outreach materials, and even a physical exhibit (located at the American Center for Physics) that we are creating to increase the involvement of SPS chapters in the history of physics. Follow us @AIPhistory on Twitter and Facebook to see updates on our projects.