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Voices of Student Science

By | Bryan Donoghue

Every science student has a voice, and they have aspirations for the future and appreciation for the present. Students in various scientific fields across campus discuss where they are from, what they’re studying, and their goals for after graduation.

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Parisa Ghaffari, Senior, Biochemistry major—

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Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m Persian, and I’m from Iran. I’ve probably been here since junior high, my family moved here to Humboldt.

Q: What are you studying?

A: I like chemistry, so I decided to major in Biochemistry, because I like biology too.

Q: What are you planning to do with your degree?

A: I’m planning on working in a research lab or something. Just for now, I was thinking biomedical engineering.


Nicholas Hernandez, Senior, Physics major—

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Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m from Long Beach, California. Humboldt was literally the farthest away from LA that you could get that you still get in-state tuition.

Q: What are you studying?

A: Right now, I’m doing gravitational research with C.D. Hoyle, a professor here in the Physics department. We’re researching novel tests of gravity below 50 microns. So I’m doing some research with the Physics department.

Q: What are you planning to do with your degree?

A: I’ll hopefully go to grad school, and get into the academia life.

Bryce Baker, Junior, Physics major—

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Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m from Fortuna, I’m a local. I grew up here. I still live with my parents, and I’m still living out of Humboldt. I always take a bus here everyday, an hour and half bus ride. It’s a bit of a travel. The reason I chose here and not to go all the way across the country is that it’s home, it’s cheap, it’s what I wanted to do so I could do grad school and afford grad school.

Q: What are you studying?

A: I’m more looking into sustainable energy and renewable technology type of stuff. Right now, I’m working on a research project with Dr. Ruth Saunders, a teacher in the Physics department, looking at zinc oxide nano-rods and what I’m specifically doing is looking at how they grow and trying to create a proper growth model for comparing their radius of growth to their height.

Q: What are you planning to do with your degree?

A: I’m not exactly sure, I could see myself going in a lot of different directions. I know immediately after HSU though, I do plan on going to a grad school, and I do plan on looking for those opportunities. What I want to do is sustainable energy, though.

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