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Why Study Physics & Astronomy at WKU

What our alumni have to say about their WKU experience.


Kenny Purcell

"I attribute my success to my experience at the WKU Physics department." 

Kenneth Purcell, B.S., Physics, Western Kentucky University, Cum Laude, 2002
Currently graduate student at the Florida State University
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Jordan Lindsay"I feel that my degree in physics from WKU helps me everyday in my job by allowing me to communicate with a wide variety of scientific disciplines." 
Jordan Lindsey, B.S., Physics, Western Kentucky University, 2002
Currently Robotics Flight Controller at Mission Control at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
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Josh James"I obtained the necessary physics training and experience I needed in order to be accepted into and to be successful in a highly respected medical physics graduate program." 
Joshua James, B.S., Physics, Western Kentucky University, Summa Cum Laude, 2003
Currently Clinical Medical Physicist at the Radiation Oncology Department of the University of Louisville Brown Cancer Center.
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 Julie Wathen"Studying Physics at WKU was a real treasure because of the small class sizes and opportunities to get involved in additional projects."  
Julie Wathen, B.S., Physics, Western Kentucky University, 1997
Currently ARPA Long Range Tracking and Instrumentation Radar (ALTAIR) Lead System Engineer, Kwajalein Range Services on the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands.
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Tala Monroe

"The best gift I received from the department was the encouragement I needed to pursue this career path. The one-on-one time I received from the professors was invaluable." 
Tala Monroe, B.S., Physics, Western Kentucky University, Summa Cum Laude, 2003
Currently graduate student at the Indiana University
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Lindsay Hopper"WKU physics department knows how to teach you how to present research. I improved my technical writing while there." 
Lindsay Hopper, B.S., Physics, Western Kentucky University, Cum Laude, 2003
Currently Applications Engineer at the WKU Applied Physics Institute
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James West"The understanding of basic physical principles which I learned from studying physics helped me analyze and solve technical problems I encountered as an engineer." 
James West, B.S., Physics and Mathematics with Teaching Certificate, 
Western Kentucky State College , 1965
Retired Electronics Engineer from the URS Corporation, EG&G Technical Services Division
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