Stephanie Swartz graduated with a B.S. in physics and minors in optics and math, and she is excited to begin the PhD program in electrical engineering/optics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
As an undergraduate, I completed three Research Experiences for
Undergraduates (REU's), which are ~10 week paid research internships
sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Additionally, I did
research on campus since I was a sophomore and this evolved into my
senior thesis project.
I have two pieces of advice:
1. Start early and don't be
afraid to apply -- Rochester makes it easy to begin research as a
freshman and there are REU programs or internships that allow freshman
applicants. Look up internships during winter break and apply to as many
as you can; the worst that can happen is you will be rejected.
2. Have a professional looking resume or CV -- The Career Center
was enormously helpful during the application process for internships
and graduate school. As a freshman, after only one meeting and a short
email exchange, I left the Career Center with an accurate and polished
resume. They also helped me reformat my resume into a CV for graduate
school and read over my personal statements.
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