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Hi I'm Liz

I love God. I love people. I love physics. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm in my third year of a PhD program. When people ask, I say that my field is device physics...although technically my degree will say "Chemistry." I make, test, and analyze organic solar cells. I love what I do; it is incredible.

Why I am a Mormon

Arguably there are three main branches of physics: theoretical, computational and experimental. I am an experimentalist. I love data. I love probing things in multiple ways. Hours of my life are devoted to pouring over data that often appears contradictory if I’ve assume the wrong model. While I truly do like the theory parts and the modeling parts, they can never satisfy me the way that solid, correctly-taken data does. I am a Mormon because of data. Just as experimental evidence I’ve taken in lab will not allow me to deny (for example) the existence of the nanocrystals I synthesize, the experimental evidence I’ve collected in life will not allow me to deny the existence of God. Being Mormon is what God unequivocally wants me to do with my life. That is why I choose to be one.

How I live my faith

1.By acknowledging that my love of God is the most fundamental aspect of who I am. 2. By caring deeply about the people around me and about humanity in general. Being genuine to the love I have for God and his children manifests itself in so many ways. For example I try to stay current with world and local news, I keep the people affected by these events in my prayers and I donate as much of my income as I can to places that can hopefully help. I volunteer lots (in a homeless shelter, in tutoring math and physics, with the Red Cross, as a worker in a Mormon temple). I appreciate beautiful things--like the bus driver that makes everyone who gets on his bus feel like they matter to him or the motion of a flock of birds suddenly taking flight. I listen to what people have to say and watch the way they live. As I go about living life, in the back of my mind I am constantly noting the things that help me understand divinity. The search for divine causes me to live my faith.