20 episodes

This podcast is created by WaMPS (Women and Minorities in the Physical Sciences), a graduate student organization at Michigan State University. These are informal conversations with graduate students to learn about the journeys that brought them to where they are today.

For updates on other WaMPS events, follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can direct message us at either of those sites if you would like to reach out to us.

Journeys of Scientist‪s‬ MSU WaMPS

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This podcast is created by WaMPS (Women and Minorities in the Physical Sciences), a graduate student organization at Michigan State University. These are informal conversations with graduate students to learn about the journeys that brought them to where they are today.

For updates on other WaMPS events, follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can direct message us at either of those sites if you would like to reach out to us.

    Episode 20 - Rahul Jain

    Episode 20 - Rahul Jain

    Rahul Jain is a 3rd-year physics grad student at MSU. His research is in the field of experimental nuclear astrophysics focused on understanding the properties of accreting neutron star crusts. They do so by performing and studying the very nuclear reactions that take place in those extreme environments in the laboratory involving very exotic neutron-rich isotopes.

    Along with physics, he is also pursuing a dual Ph.D. with the Computational Mathematics Science and Engineering (CMSE) department. Since we cannot study all the several thousands of isotopes in the laboratory due to technological limitations as well as limited  resources, he is trying to apply modern machine learning techniques to reliably extrapolate the available experimental nuclear data for astrophysics simulations.

    Outside of physics, he is an (almost) professional squash player. He played for his college team and represented his home state once in the Indian National Squash Championships in 2015. Rahul is the mentoring co-chair for WaMPS and the student representative for the PA colloquium committee. He is also the student member on the steering committee for the International Research Network for Nuclear Astrophysics (IReNA).

    During the episode, we talk about the MSU Office for International Students and Scholars. More information can be found at https://oiss.isp.msu.edu/

    To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here.

    If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu

    • 35 min
    Episode 19 - Jessica Sydnor

    Episode 19 - Jessica Sydnor

    Jessica Sydnor is a current second year grad student in the Physics & Astronomy department of West Virginia University. She works with Dr. Sarah  Burke-Spolaor on localizing and understanding fast radio bursts (FRBs) as well as searching for the gravitational wave background using pulsar timing arrays.

    To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here.

    If you would like to leave comments, questions, or  recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you  can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu

    • 47 min
    Episode 18 - Emily Conway

    Episode 18 - Emily Conway

    Emily is a second year PhD student in the Department of Plant Biology and the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program at MSU. Her research interests center on plant community dynamics broadly, and urban ecosystems and ecological restoration more specifically, using prairies as her focal community type. More information about the MSU Department of Plant Biology can be found here.



    Emily is participating in the MSU Science Festival School Programs, with her presentation titled Ask a Scientist: Nature in My Backyard where she will discuss her work with plant communities in urban ecosystems. You can learn more about her program and other STEAM related programs at https://sciencefestival.msu.edu/schools/virtual-school-programs. Emily is also presenting on this topic in a public presentation through the Science Festival on Thursday, April 1 at 7:35 pm.



    The MSU Science Festival is virtual this year and will have events all throughout the month of April. WaMPS is also participating in the virtual school programs. If you would like WaMPS to virtually visit your classroom, you can contact Bryan Stanley at the email posted below. At the festival, WaMPS will be doing a Physics of Sports presentation on Saturday, April 10, at 1:30 pm. On that same day, at 3:30 pm, Journeys of Scientists will be a part of the Sci-Files Podcast Panel on educational podcasting.



    To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here.



    If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu

    • 46 min
    Episode 17 - Emily Mensch

    Episode 17 - Emily Mensch

    Emily is a second-year masters student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU. She is a part of the Applied Behavioral Ecology Lab, researching behavioral and chemical ecology in the invasive Sea Lamprey, and how this can be applied to new ways of managing invasive species.

    To learn more about the Graduate Certification in Community Engagement, check out their website here.

    To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here.

    If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu

    • 33 min
    Episode 16 - Roy Salinas

    Episode 16 - Roy Salinas

    Roy is a first year physics PhD student at MSU interested in experimental nuclear physics. He also serves at the 1st-year student liaison for WaMPS. Roy talks about how his first semester of graduate school went while everything is virtual, as well as what got him interested in physics and his academic career path. 

    To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here.

    If you would like to leave comments, questions, or  recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you  can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu

    • 40 min
    Episode 15 - Hannah Berg

    Episode 15 - Hannah Berg

    Hannah is a second year PhD student at MSU in nuclear physics. After hearing about the SuN group during her masters at the University of Oslo, she decided to apply to MSU and moved to Michigan from Oslo, Norway. She studies beta decay, where she is looking at reactions important for nucleosynthesis, the formation of elements in  the universe. Outside of physics she is currently working on her knitting skills during the pandemic.

    To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here.

    If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu

    • 37 min

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