Prize Recipient

Stephanie Torres

Stephanie Torres
San Francisco State University


Background:

I was born in New York, NY but was raised almost entirely in San Francisco, CA. I did not find my passion for physics until my first semester at my university. As soon as I took my first class in astronomy, I knew that physics would be my calling in life. I changed my major mid-semester from political science to astrophysics. I felt so much excitement when I studied astronomy and physics in that first class, that I knew I had to do something about it. My interest in physics was sparked by astronomy, which is why I am pursuing a degree in astrophysics. I want to explore things in the universe that are not yet fully understood. I recently finished my second year at San Francisco State University and have had inspiring professors throughout my experience. In high school, I struggled with math and science and did well in classes like history and literature. This changed when I started towards a degree in political science at my university. I took an intro to astronomy course and when I realized that no other subject excited me as much as that class did, I excelled in my math and science classes because I knew that I would need these classes for astronomy. Now, I am halfway to a bachelors of science in astrophysics and I still feel the same passion today as I felt when I first started studying the subject.