Noyce Scholars: Class of 2012-2013
Amber Frazier, Seattle Pacific University
I am currently attending Seattle Pacific University, majoring in Physics. Prior to taking Physics in high school I was interested in either Medicine or Nursing. However, since I have been introduced to Physics, I haven't thought of doing anything else besides making it a part of my everyday life. Initially, I believed that engineering would be the way that I embraced physics regularly. However, I quickly realized that not only did I not have a passion for engineering, but I was drawn towards a different profession. I knew that I loved students and what better way to enjoy the two things I love than teaching physics. As a minority in the field of science, both as a woman as well as a student of color, I realize that it is easier to say that you are not capable of doing something as opposed to stepping out of the box and building bridges over barriers. As a teacher, I want to show all of my students that they are capable of doing anything they put their mind to. I want them to appreciate science and physics whether they believe they are "science people" or not. I know that I can help make the difference and I will strive to each day. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with friends, going to amusement parks, and spending time with family.
Tayler Hampton, University of Arkansas
During my sophomore year, I decided to change my major from fashion design to science. Since physics uses so much math, my first passion, I knew it would be a perfect fit. After a few years of tutoring high school students in math and science, I realized I never wanted to leave education. I love being there when students finally understand what they've been struggling with, and my goal is to become a teacher whose students don't need tutoring. Because physics is challenging, there's an empowerment that comes with understanding it, and I look forward to helping young people begin an educational journey that can take them farther than they ever knew they could go.
Taylor Rae Jacobsen, Seattle Pacific University
I am a graduate of Seattle Pacific University where I took a number physics and engineering courses as part of my self-designed major. Along with learning many basic principles within these fields, I came to appreciate their usefulness in today's world. In classes such as micro-finance, community economic development, alternative energy systems, and hydro-systems, I saw real needs and real-world applications for physics, math, and engineering. I began working as a Learning Assistant in the physics department, training other college students in the same foundational physics concepts I had learned to love and marvel at. What drove me to teaching was not only my enjoyment of this experience but also my understanding of the needs of our world and the beautiful practicality of physics. In passing on what I know as a teacher, I will endeavor to equip a generation of people with hearts of compassion for the world's needs and the tools to meet those needs. I am personally passionate about the worldwide water crisis, particularly the lack of access to safe water and sanitation that plagues much of the developing world today. My husband and I live in Stanwood, Washington and enjoy exploring the outdoors, photography, reading, and music. I will enter the Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science degree program at Seattle Pacific this summer with the intention of teaching high school math and physics.
Clarissa Lovegren, Seattle Pacific University
Teaching physics was not initially my plan when I came to Seattle Pacific University (SPU). However, immersion in the Learning Assistant Program at SPU made this reality so personal to me. All of the sudden a new world opened up - a world where I could understand science and use this knowledge to affect lives. Eager to dig deeper into this newfound passion, I began volunteering at Garfield High School, located in Seattle's most densely populated residential district. With every single visit, my passion for teaching science to the young minds of our nation increases. The majority of students in this classroom come from low-income homes. Yet, they continually demonstrate every ability to succeed in school, and in life, with each opportunity they get. These aspects of my education at SPU truly encourage my drive to fight for those who face disadvantages when it comes to gaining their rightful education.