Peter Harrison Jumper
Hometown: Forestdale, MA
"Get involved in research or other academic projects...as soon as possible. It's a great experience."
I've been involved in computational astrophysics research since the summer after my freshman year. These projects have opened up countless opportunities for me that I would not have had otherwise.
Through this work, I have developed professional collaborations with other scientists in my field. In addition, it has greatly expanded my network in the scientific community.
Also, I have begun to travel far more than I used to as I attend scientific conferences and present my work. This has let me see places throughout the United States and Canada that I never would have otherwise.
Finally, I have grown as a scientific writer and will shortly have my first published paper in The Astrophysical Journal.
Get involved in research or other academic projects in your field as soon as possible. It's a great experience. You can learn so much in your research that you either wouldn't get to learn in class or would have to wait for a few years to do so.
You also develop a better awareness of your own field and a sense of what you want to do with your life and research. It's intellectually stimulating and a lot of fun.
I'd like to thank Dr. Robert Fisher, my advisor, for his excellent mentorship, which has helped me grow as a physicist.
Also, I'd like to thank Dr. Kaitlin Kratter (University of Colorado Boulder, JILA) and Dr. Stella Offner (Yale University), whom I met through my work with Dr. Fisher and who have become both my collaborators and another pair of mentors.
Additionally, I'd like to thank Dr. Sigal Gottlieb and Dr. Melvyn Huff of the Mathematics Department, who respectively ran the CSUMS research program through which I started my research and recommended me to that program.
Finally, I'd like to thank all my past and current professors, who have greatly furthered my education, whether it be in physics, mathematics, or my general education electives.