2019-20 Physics Mentors

About the Program

The Miami University Physics Department is dedicated to ensuring all new and current students get the most out of their undergraduate experience. Our department is uniquely distinguished by our commitment to undergraduate teaching, our high volume of involvement in undergraduate research, and our various departmental programs and clubs into which students are encouraged to get involved.

We are pleased to be able to offer a mentoring program to our incoming freshmen, transfer students, and students new to the department. The mentor program was implemented by students for students. It is comprised of upperclassmen student volunteers. The program's goal is to aid new students in their transition into the department by acting as a bridge between students and faculty, providing guidance on class scheduling, aiding in the involvement of undergraduate research, and diminishing the social gap between upper and underclassmen.

The Physics Department is a very closely knit community and our goal is to ensure that all new and current students feel welcome. Future students...we look forward to meeting you!

Contact Rosie or Andy to become a mentor!

Rosie Ries

I am a fourth-year undergraduate with a double major in Physics and Geology. I am currently the president for the Society of Physics Students and have previously served as treasurer, vice-president and outreach officer for SPS. This year, I am also serving as undergraduate representative. I hope to help first-year students to be involved in the Physics department, even if they are involved in research or other majors outside of the department. While I am an active member of the physics department, I also work on seismology research run out of the geology department, so I understand that it can be difficult to be involved in more than one department at Miami, but I hope that my experience will be able to help the incoming students to feel like they have that option.

Andy Rodriguez

I’m a fourth-year biological physics and biochemistry double major with a premedical studies co-major.  I’m an honors student through Miami’s honors program and I’m one of two senior members in Dr. Urayama’s lab.  I’m currently serving as Vice President of Miami’s SPS chapter. I’ve also had the opportunity to conduct research at Yale’s Microbial Sciences Institute through their biophysics REU program.  Although I’m a double major, the physics department has been my home since freshman year, when I was one of this program’s first mentees.  This program offered me the opportunity to build an amazing support structure of friends and mentors very early in my college career, and I’m excited to create that same opportunity for new Miami students.  This department, and physics in general, offers unique, challenging experiences and an incredibly diverse selection of opportunities to its students, all it takes is an introduction.

Skyler Wright

I am a third -year Engineering Physics major pursuing a Computer Science minor. I’m a member of the Miami University Honors program and the Society of Physics Students. I’m the treasurer of the Miami University Astronomy Club. I’m currently doing computational research in Dr. Samson’s lab. Being an Engineering Physics major is an overall strange experience, what with its different pathways and such, so I hope to help any upcoming majors understand those pathways a bit better, so they know all their options moving forward. I also hope to bestow some knowledge and insight on how to get better involved in the department and all the many experiences it has to offer.

Anne Hubbard

I'm a fourth-year undergraduate Biophysics major. I'm an associate member of Best Buddies and am a member of Dr. Blue's research group. I was a first year student when the physics mentor program was created, and my mentor helped me become comfortable in the department. I'm looking forward to working with this year's first-year students to introduce them to the department and help them get involved at Miami University. As a biological physics major, I have experience with departments other than physics so I hope to help with any questions about that as well.

Junjiang (Jim) Li

I’m a third-year double major in Physics and Computer Science with a Mathematics minor. I have also worked under Dr. Samson’s lab for the first two years and have since transferred to Dr. Mirza’s lab. Personally, advices from upperclassmen about research and academics have greatly benefitted me, and the mentor program serves as a fantastic channel to pass these advices on and to help new students achieve the most out of their times at Miami.

Linzhao Zhuo

I am a senior majoring in Physics and Quantitative Economics with a minor in Mathematics, and I am also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. This is my fourth year working with Dr. Samir Bali, and it has been an important and fantastic experience in my life here in the department. I would like to share my experience and pass advice to support freshmen, sophomores, and other people via this platform, especially from a perspective of being a female majoring in physics. I hope that I will be able to bring some light and insight to your life here at Miami. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or confusions, and I would like to do my best to help.

Brandon Reese

I am a fourth-year undergraduate physics major. I have spent some time working with Dr. Eid in his lab, however I have spent most of my undergraduate years participating in research under the guidance of Dr. Khan. I primarily study phenomena associated with superconductivity near absolute zero temperature, however, I have also contributed to other projects that study magnetism like magnetocaloric effect and exchange bias in select Heusler alloys. My passion forphysics lies in the challenge to communicate very complex and difficult phenomena in a clear and understandable manner so that anyone can understand them. It is our job as professionals in the field to make physics an accessible science to everyone. I look forward to passing this skill on to new students and helping them learn the value of an education in physics and how to apply skills gained as student outside of the classroom and in future career paths.