National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Stephanie R. Vasicek

Stephanie R. VasicekOhio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH

Physics
Bachelor of Arts, May 2008

NASA Academy Research Project

Next Generation High Power Multi-Frequency Transmitter for Space Borne Doppler Radar Sensing and Precipitation Measurements
Principal Investigator: Edwin G. Wintucky

Education

My love of physics, math and astronomy has existed throughout my life, so it has always been my dream to work for NASA. I have just completed my third year at Ohio Wesleyan University. The coursework I have taken thus far has included classical and quantum mechanics, thermal physics, electromagnetism, optics, contemporary physics, astrophysics, cosmology, calculus and differential equations. I also have lab experience involving practical measurement techniques, instrumentation, computer interfacing, and electric circuit design/troubleshooting.
My advanced lab work has given me the hands-on experience necessary for me to realize that after I earn my Bachelors degree in physics next spring, I hope to purse a Masters and/or PhD in either mechanical or aerospace engineering. For my senior research this upcoming year, I plan on incorporating engineering into physics experimental work so as to better prepare myself for further education. I am very excited to see what kinds of amazing opportunities this field offers me, since it is always changing due to new, fresh ideas and technology.

Experience

My previous research experience is limited, but I have had work experience in the field and have performed research in many of my courses and labs. I was a lab assistant and lab grader for introductory physics labs at Ohio Wesleyan. I graded student’s lab reports and provided guidance to students while in the lab. I have had experience with circuit design/building, a scanning electron microscope, and a germanium gamma-ray detector from my Electronics and Advanced Lab courses. Using an original design I developed with my partner, we built an aluminum adjustable support mount for sealed gamma-ray sources to be used in Advanced Lab using our machine shop.

This past spring, Ohio Wesleyan University’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students was awarded the Marsh W. White Award. It was to be used for outreach to young students in the local community, due to a proposal written by myself and another chapter member, Claire Ryu. Members of the Ohio Wesleyan chapter journeyed to Tyler Run Elementary School to help promote physics amongst youngsters in Ms. Carrie Hunsicker’s third grade class. It was a wonderfully enlightening experience to see how excited the children were when we performed numerous physics demonstrations for them, such as making ice cream with liquid nitrogen. We will be continuing our outreach program this upcoming semester with trips to nearby middle or high schools.

Extra-Curricular Activities

As of Spring 2006, I became a proud member of the sorority Delta Gamma (Alpha Rho Chapter) and have held a position as House Director and am currently Director of Recruitment Records. I love the community service opportunities as well as the campus involvement the sorority provides. I am also a member of the Society of Physics Students and Astronomy Club and have held positions in both groups since my sophomore year. My freshman and sophomore year I worked with Upward Bound tutoring inner-city Columbus high school students in physics and other sciences. It was a very rewarding experience for me to be able to use my education to give something back to underprivileged students.

In my free time I enjoy star-gazing, cooking, hanging out with all my amazing sisters of Delta Gamma, listening to music, reading books (especially mystery), shopping, dancing, going to church and spending time with my family and friends.