Stanford Supplement Essay: Short Questions




Name your favorite books, authors, films, and/or artists.*

Books:The Elegant Universe(Brian Greene), Imagine(Jonah Lehrer), And The Mountains Echoed(Khaled Hosseini), Mr Tompkins Explores the Atom(George G Gamow), Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynmann!(Richard Feynmann et al)

Films: Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Donnie Darko(who doesn’t love a cult


Artists: (painting) Salvador Dali and Francois Miglio (music) Alt-J, Sufjan Stevens, Bowerbirds

What newspapers, magazines, and/or websites do you enjoy?

Newspapers: The Washington Post, The New York Times

Magazines: The Economist, Time, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, Sky & Telescope, Scientific American, Physics Today, National Geographic

Websites: Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, IFLS, Physics World, listenonrepeat (for late night work), Reddit, AOPS, APOD, MATLAB documentation and ROOT documentation sites(these two are lifesavers!)

What is the most significant challenge that society faces today? (50 word limit)*

Providing equal economic and social opportunities for women across the globe. From rape culture to gender discrimination, the shunning of feminism to blatant violence, this problem is everywhere. Women like Malala Yousafzai and Emma Sulkowicz are leading a revolution–one that I intend to join.

How did you spend your last two summers? (50 word limit)*

2014:Squeezed years of research into 7 tiny weeks; immersed in creating mathematical descriptions of quantum systems and optimizing those systems.

2013:I was lucky enough to travel to Crete and Spain. Attended lectures on mostly S-

SNMR at the EUROMAR conference, and saw both my family and the ruins of ancient civilizations.

What were your favorite events (e.g., performances, exhibits, competitions, conferences, etc.) in recent years? (50 word limit)*

Events/Conferences: EUROMAR conference, PhysicsFest at William and Mary (I got to man the liquid nitrogen ice cream station!), and every graduate student lecture at FRIB over the summer (the amount of passion was insane)

Competitions: 2014 National JSHS, ODUMUNC 37, and 2014 Cross Country States

What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed? (50 word limit)*

20th century physics conferences aside (I couldn’t pick), I would want to witness the moment Theodor Kaluza added a 5th dimension to Einstein’s spacetime and derived Maxwell’s equations. Not only was string theory born, this supposedly reserved man leaped onto his desk and broke out in Hansel’s Hallelujah!

What five words best describe you?

Fearless, curious, tenacious, innovative, grateful.

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