- AJ Shadrach ’13
- Hometown: Montgomery, New Jersey
- Major: Physics
My favorite professor at Mount Union is Dr. Bob Ekey, assistant professor of physics and chair of the Department of Physics. He’s also my advisor, and I like the fact that I get to work with him every semester by helping him teach Introduction to Physics labs. Dr. Ekey also is on the pre-health professions committee and has given me a lot of advice as it pertains to preparing for the MCAT and applying to medical school.
Understanding the nature of the universe and everything in it – that’s the goal of physicists and the research they conduct. It’s a challenging field, and one that in demand. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of physicists and astronomers will grow 16% during this decade, faster than the average for all occupations.
Much of this growth can be attributed to the America COMPETES Act, passed by Congress in 2007, which sets a goal to double funding for the physical sciences through the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Recent budgets for these agencies have seen large increases, and if this trend continues, it will result in more opportunities in basic research for physicists and astronomers.
Meet this societal demand by pursuing a major in physics at Mount Union. You’ll experience a high degree of hands-on involvement in the program and gain invaluable preparation for a variety of careers.
- Applied physics
Our flexible program will allow you to tailor your education to meet your career aspirations, preparing you for professional work as well as graduate study.