Middle Tennessee State University
My name is Ebony Rowe and I will be attending Middle Tennessee State University with plans to major in physics and play basketball for the Lady Raiders. Starting my sophomore year, the Math Science Technology Center at my high school, Paul Laurence Dunbar in Lexington KY, provided me the opportunity to take advanced level classes in calculus, physics, and engineering. As my knowledge base grew, I learned that these classes were closely related and helped me gain a better understanding of the physical world around me. Beginning my junior year I conducted research at the University of Kentucky in the Engineering Department where I built a bilinear spring-mass system that replicates the support system of one of NASAs recent projects. As I developed my project I began to understand how beneficial my physics knowledge was to my research. It became clear that a physics degree could open up many doors into the world of math and technology. After receiving an undergraduate degree in physics I plan on acquiring a masters degree in mechanical engineering or medical physics. I truly feel lucky to have found a field of study which I am good at, that I enjoy, and that will prepare me for my future career plans.