Biological Physics

Biological Physics DSA Lindsey Baker

Lindsey Baker

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Major: Chemistry
Minors: Chinese and Math
Concentration: Biological Physics
Best Adjective to Describe You: Hardworking

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
While biophysics is a subset of the physics department, I think the concentration is really more interdisciplinary. I’ve enjoyed connecting with professors across campus because it gives me a more diverse set of problem-solving techniques/strategies.

What is your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Don’t wait until you have a serious problem to connect with professors! They have experience and advice that can help you avoid many common problems, also they want to help you. One of the best things I have done is ask for advice on scheduling and class choices, because my professors have helped guide me to find the right options for me.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I’ve been able to gain more confidence and ownership in my scholarship. I have been able to research and provide intellectual contributions to topics I care about and have a deep interest in.

What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
Outside of my major, I have really enjoyed both Biophysics (PHYS205) and Differential Equations (MATH280) because of the way we are encouraged to think about problems.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
The open curriculum has allowed me to explore classes that appeal to me outside my major, and I think getting a view of how other disciplines research and problem solve has only enriched my problem-solving abilities as a STEM student.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I’ve worked as a TA for the Intermediate Chinese classes, participated in chemistry research in Dr. Williams research group, and participated in summer research as well.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I imagine I’ll not quite be done being a student after graduating K, but I have not yet figured out what my next steps will be.

What is a random fun fact about you?
I’ve played bassoon for eight years.