Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
We encourage undergraduates to participate in research in any field — including the arts, humanities, social sciences, communications, and sciences. If you could spend one semester researching a specific topic that interests you, in the hope of making at least a small contribution to our understanding of that topic, what would you choose to research and why?
As an individual fascinated with the universe and the potential questions it poses, I would quickly jump at the opportunity to spend a semester researching theoretical astrophysics. In this capacity, I have long considered academic study as occupying a duality that allows for personal growth and contributions toward advancing the human condition. Being put in a position where my work could help advance humanity would truly mark the pinnacle of my academic career at this point in my journey.
The universe has long been a topic that has captivated human beings. Stephen Hawking’s modern classic, A Brief History of Time, attests to the magnitude of this statement as a non fiction work that occupied a coveted position on the London Sunday Times best seller list for 237 weeks while also having been translated in over forty languages. Quite simply, statements like “Where did we come from?” And “Why is the universe the way it is” are quite dear to the essence of many. The potential for astrophysics, as a field significantly influenced by Einstein’s general theory of relativity, holds with it the potential to unlock some of the greatest mysteries that have long been associated with the human experience.
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