The Lumberjack

Voices of Student Science

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.