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Robert Zingleman Biography

Name: Robert Zingelman

Hometown: Shelton, WA

Current Standing: Senior

Major: Physics/Mathematics

Research or Scholarly Interests: Condensed matter Physics (properties of superconductors), Neurophysics (Understanding the Autistic brain, neurological processes of ASMR)

What do you like the most about being in SOLVER?

I enjoy being in SOLVER because it is keeping me on a timeline to do the things I need to do in order to be admitted into graduate school, starting with securing my research mentor. Being held accountable academically for my research is one of the only things that could prevent me from holding off on it until the last minute.

What drew you to majoring in "STEM" (the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics)?   

My interest gravitated almost automatically to Mathematics in my childhood. As the most immutable and concrete field of academia available to me before high school, it was therefore the easiest to learn for me and the subject I performed best in. Later on, I knew that pure Mathematics was not going to cut it for me, so I spent a lot of time in high school figuring out where to specialize. What drew me to Physics was the energy with which it was taught by my instructor, and again the stability and logical order of the topics I learned.

What advice would you give to high school or college students who think they might be interested in STEM subjects?

The best advice I can give is to start exploring that interest as soon as possible, starting in high school with taking their school’s STEM-related electives credits and making visits to their prospective university choice(s). If one is already in college, use the breadth requirements to explore STEM topics such as chemistry, computer science, or MET. Explore physically the different departments; take your gut feeling and temper it with a bit of knowledge and experience.

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