Awarded the Bess Ward Thesis Grant to complete her Honors in the Major Thesis concerning the cluster structure of light nuclei in the region of Oxygen 16, Amy Crisp is fostering a female presence in the field of science.
Women are sorely underrepresented in Science, Technology, and Math. As these fields become increasingly important to our society and the world's, a contingent of women have braved the male dominated front and are working to recruit reinforcements.
Amy Crisp is one such woman. A stronger female presence in these fields is important to her. Through the Women in Math, Science and Engineering (WIMSE) program, she mentors first-year members in her field of Physics. As president of the Society of Physics Students, she promotes research opportunities and encourages involvement in outreach programs such as the Flying Circus of Physics, an open house and science fair sponsored by the Department of Physics.
An advocate for Science itself, she traveled to Capitol Hill in May 2005 to participate in the Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) Lobby Day. There, along with scientists from all over the country, Amy educated U.S. Senators and Representatives on the importance of funding the RIA, which, when completed, will be the world's most powerful research accelerator dedicated to producing and exploring new rare isotopes that cannot be found on earth.
Amy excels in her studies—appearing on the Dean's List every semester of her college career. She has co-authored two scientific papers, and is also an active member of the American Physical Society where she frequently presents her research at meetings.
Graduate school and a doctorate in Nuclear Physics are her immediate goals. Then, work in an academic setting as an experimental researcher. We believe any university would do well by her.