UC LEADS Scholar
Hello Everyone! My name is Jake. I was born in Annapolis, Maryland, but I grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina. When I was about 11-years old, I discovered my passion for physics and have been working hard to learn more about this fascinating field ever since. Currently I do condensed matter physics research with the Zettl group at UC Berkeley and have been researching with the group for over a year. The project I completed was titled “Synthesis of Low Dimensional Materials for Study of Charge Density Wave and Superconductivity in van der Waals Heterostructures” and now I am working on a new project dealing with analysis of the physical properties of Niobium diselenide.
In spring 2016 I was selected as a Berkeley Physics Undergraduate Research Scholar. In the summer I began with the UC LEADS Research Program. I study the physical properties, specifically superconductivity and charge density wave, of low dimensional materials and the construction of van der Waals heterostructure. Outside of research, I am a math and physics tutor for PEACE tutoring, a member of the German Film Club, a gallery attendant at BAMPFA, an MCAT physics instructor for The Princeton Review, and the House President of Ridge House with the Berkeley Student Cooperative.
I long to get my PhD in physics, although I am not sure which area of physics. After I get my PhD I want to become a university physics professor, researching and teaching, working and doing my two greatest passions in life.
The project I just finished was titled “Synthesis of Low Dimensional Materials for Study of Charge Density Wave and Superconductivity in van der Waals Heterostructures” and now I am working on a new project dealing with analysis of the physical properties of Niobium diselenide.
“NERDS has helped support me finically and enabled me to spend more time on my research. Additionally, NERDS has given me support and confidence in my research from all of the care they give to students. The people in the NERDS community truly care about one another and really are a community. It is the community I have been searching for and I hope to hold on to.”