My name is Cacey Stevens. I am 19 years old and a sophomore at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. I graduated summa cum laude from high school and I was a National Achievement Finalist. I gained interest in physics through a high school physics course and the Timbuktu Academy science bowl which I participated in during high school. I enjoy physics because it involves complex math problems which can be applied to real world situations. I have been interested in math since seventh grade. Although my physics and math courses are extremely difficult, my mother, mentors, and faith in God have encouraged me to continue studying physics to reach my goals of becoming a scientist. I have become strongly fascinated by particle physics after participating in a summer research program at Argonne National Laboratory. I hope to also mentor and encourage many women and minorities to pursue careers in physics and mathematics in the future.
Outside of school, I am a lifeguard and swim instructor at a local YMCA, and I enjoy running. I participated on my high schools track and cross country teams for four years, and I have continued to compete in 5k runs throughout college. I also enjoy studying French. Ive taken several French courses and have spent a summer in Liege, Belgium. I would love to travel to Europe again, particularly Paris, and eventually become fluent in French.