Siena is a smaller school with a focus on individuality. Every student here is viewed by Siena as person, not a number. Because of this I knew that I would make deep connections with my professors and have more opportunities to travel to conferences, do research I am interested in, and have connections to graduate programs across the country. I also loved the physics department from when I first sat in a class as a prospective student. The Physics and Astronomy department here at Siena is growing and I wanted to be a part of that.
Andrea completed a 10-week research fellowship at the University of Rochester this summer.
The most rewarding thing from my REU (research experience for undergraduates) was being able to write a 12 page paper with my advisor, submit it to the journal “Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society” and get it approved and published all before heading back to Siena for the fall. This is completely unheard of so I am very proud to have been able to complete that in the 10 weeks I was there.
As a freshman I didn’t take advantage of the resource room nor did I really connect with the others in my major. Once I grew out of the shyness, I spend all my time there and my closest friends are my fellow physics majors who are either still on campus or have graduated. The physics department is one big family and we are accepting of all people, so don’t be afraid to reach out, make new friends, and ask for help. Also do research. As early as you can, with whatever professor and whatever topic interests you. We are lucky enough to go to a school that gives freshman the opportunity to do research so take advantage of it! I can’t imagine Siena without my physics fam.
Class of 2019