Noyce Scholars: Class of 2009-2010
Zach Brenneman, Seattle Pacific University
I currently attend Seattle Pacific University and I am a Math major with a minor in physics. The reason that I want to teach is that I really just have a passion to be involved in student's lives and help prepare them for the real world. I also believe that physics is a very important subject for students to understand and I want to be a part of guiding students to a deeper understanding of the physics world. I have many other interests such as skiing, soccer, anything else that involves me being outside, and I'm a Young Life leader at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle.
Josh Elrod, Ball State University
I am a Physical Science Education major with focus on physics but also looking to teach some chemistry along with that. I enjoy learning new information along with finding how things work, and then sharing that information with others. The sciences are what I am focusing on, but I also am partial to the arts. I play music weekly, and I have a thing for photography.
Andrew Flye, Cornell University
My name is Andrew Flye and I am currently a sophomore Applied Engineering Physics major at Cornell University. I'm a native upstate New Yorker, specifically from Phelps, New York. I became interested in teaching physics during my junior year in high school, when I took AP Physics. My teacher was new the subject and was having a hard time, so my classmates would often come to me for help to learn some of the material. I've wanted to be a physics teacher not only because I love physics, but because I think that a high school teacher is one of the people that can have a huge effect on a student's life, and I want to be that positive influence for younger generations. Aside from physics, I have recently discovered a love for Chinese, and I will continue that until I am fluent. I also love playing tennis, and also enjoy teaching younger children how to play tennis as well.
Amber Lundgren, Seattle Pacific University
Amber Lundgren has just completed her degree at Seattle Pacific University, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. She is currently a student in SPU's Alternative Route to Certification program, working towards earning a Masters of Arts in Teaching. She wants to be a physics teacher because she thinks physics is exciting and wants to share this excitement with new generations of students. When she is not studying, she loves dancing and enjoying the company of friends.
Christine Nicholson, University of Arkansas
I am currently a senior Physics major studying at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. I am involved with Alpha Chi Sigma-Professional Chemistry fraternity, Phi Sigma Rho- a sorority for women majoring in math, science and engineering, Society of Physics Students, and Gamma Beta Phi-National Honor and Service Society. My favorite question has always been to ask "Why?", and through physics I have found many answers. It is because of this that I look forward to being able to encourage young scientists in their pursuit of a better education. I appreciate the support of the PhysTEC Noyce Scholarship, and I look forward to many bright possibilities in the near future.
Barak Pauley, Ball State University
Tia Plautz, Cornell University
Tia Plautz is a Junior Physics major at Cornell University concentrating in science writing. Her interest in physics was piqued by her leadership on her high school Science Olympiad team. As a student coach and team captain, she ranked fifth at state level in New York in engineering-inspired events. She has brought her love of learning to Cornell where she works as an undergraduate teaching assistant for introductory mechanics. Additionally, Tia is a Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences Dean Scholar, the recipient of the 2007 Knight Institute Portfolio Award for excellence in writing and an accomplished violinist. Her future goals are to make physics a more tangible and approachable subject for students and to inspire more women to pursue the field of physics.
Tiffany Redding, University of Arkansas
I love to teach! It is my gift and my passion, and has always been my desire to teach in high school. I am returning to school for a second bachelor's degree, and after taking one physics class, I knew that I wanted to teach high school physics. So many people are afraid of science, especially physics, but I want to teach students that physics is really interesting and really fun, and show them how physics can help explain the world around them. Understanding physics can help students learn problem-solving skills that can be transposed into other courses and everyday life, and I want to help give them that good groundwork at the high school level as they head into college and will find these skills invaluable. I love baseball, and I love to read; I enjoy running, playing tennis, and hanging out with my dog Simon.
Marcus Tubbs, Seattle Pacific University
I have followed the path to teaching, sometimes unknowingly, for several years now. It began with a really bad physics teacher, who barely understood the material and failed to explain concepts clearly. Yet I understood, and being one of those few meant I helped my neighbors frequently. I realized the gratification of teaching a student, and being a cause for some other student's success. Since then, I have been continuously engaged in tutoring and assisting teachers, and I even worked through the summer at a "learning center." While I taught many different subjects, I always enjoyed physics the most, by far. It was fun and I was good at it. I scored a 800 on the Physics SAT Subject Test, the maximum possible score. This last year has allowed me to experience physics in ways I would never have supposed, and it has increased both the excitement and pleasure I get from simply doing physics. To be able to teach this, and hopefully instill the same kind of awe at the world we live in, would be my dream job.