“The faculty in the physics and astronomy department were able to provide real world applications that gave me the confidence to be a successful teacher. The one-on-one, approachable faculty treated me the same way I strive to treat my own students. The close-knit community drove each other to become the finest, well-rounded scientists.”

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“My name is Sam Teye, from Ghana-West Africa. I was graduate student at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Ball State from fall 2015- 2017. I had a good time here with the faculty and staff at the department.

There was always this friendly atmosphere where students had the opportunity to interact with professors in and out of class. I garnered a lot of experiences and knowledge during my studies whiles working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I especially liked the structure of the curriculum that suits every student’s research area of interest.

I am currently a faculty member at the math and physics department at Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington.

I want to encourage all international students who wants to further their studies in physics to apply to Ball State to learn from world-class faculty. Ball State, for me, has been a steppingstone to greater heights, and the physics department is one big happy family I will always cherish.”

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“Ball State University was a great undergrad experience for physics. The professors in the department are always so focused on helping us learn throughout each course.
I think the Ball Sate physics program shines specifically in helping us develop problem solving skills, something that is way more important than reproducing notes for a test. I know I was trained well enough to be able to work through any problem that will show up in research, school, and eventually a career.”

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“Upon arriving at Ball State, I was welcomed into the physics major by the department with a family-oriented feel in addition to a well rounded curriculum. Not only do the faculty there want you to succeed, but they will also challenge you and enable you to perform at your best. What I enjoyed the most about studying physics at Ball State was the diverse range of research projects that could prepare me for life after graduation. Since my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees included valuable preparation, I felt implored to continue my education by starting a PhD physics program. Now, I’ll be starting my PhD at the University of California, Merced, knowing that a very bright future is ahead of me.”

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“A Physics degree from Ball State has opened many different doors for me. So far, I have been an educator and a computer scientist, and if my career goals change in the future, the diverse skills I gained during my Physics education at Ball State will have me prepared for whatever opportunities come my way.”

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Current Title/Institution: Assistant Planetarium Director, Charles W. Brown Planetarium @ Ball State University

“As of 2018, I have been assistant planetarium director at Ball State University since 2012.

While getting my MS in Physics from Ball State University I worked in the planetarium giving shows to school and community groups. I also used my creativeness to further develop existing planetarium experiences and programs.

Because of these opportunities, I realized that working in an informal education setting was right for me. It is a great mix of science, creativity, and outreach.
As assistant director, I manage school group visits and public programing at the Brown Planetarium which sees over 22,000 guests annually.

Since graduation, I have worked on over eight full-length, fulldome planetarium programs in various roles such as: script writer, director, program manager, 3D content programmer, editor, sound recorder and editor, and more. Two of my full-length, fulldome programs, “Saturn & Beyond” and “Halloween: Celestial Origins” are available for planetariums world-wide and have sold to venues such as the Planetarium at the University of Maine (Orono, ME), the Roberson Planetarium (Binghamton, NY), and the Casper Planetarium (Casper, WY).

I have also received over $59,000 in grant funding for various planetarium related projects including “GIS Data to Planetarium Dome,” “To the Stars and Back: Exploring Our Planetary Backyard – Summer Science Camp for Middle School Girls at Ball State University and Pre-service Teacher Field Experience for Multicultural Education,” and “The New Charles W. Brown Planetarium STEM Activity Stations 2014-15.”

Through these projects and more, I have developed multiple, original hands-on activities and exhibits and adapted them for use during planetarium presentations.

I am also a role model for the FabFems project, am active in the Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS) movement, and have served on the Great Lakes Planetarium Association Executive Committee as Technology Chair and webmaster."

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"Changing from photovoltaic research to microprocessor development in industry will be a big transition, but I'm ready for something new and on the cutting edge. Intel provides me with a great opportunity.

I never would have gotten to where I am today without your initial guidance and advice.”

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