Hometown: Hackettstown, NJ Major: Physics Minor: Mathematics
Other: Theta-Chi Fraternity, George's General, Peer Mentor, Physics Club, Math Club
Post-Graduate Plans: Attending Clemson University to pursue a PhD in Astrophysics, in the hopes of one day becoming a professor at a research university.
Peyton Stewart is graduating from Washington College with a major in Physics and a Minor in Mathematics. In addition to his studies, Stewart was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity, a George’s General, a Peer Mentor and active with the Physics and Math Clubs. He made Dean’s List in Fall 2019, Fall 2020 and Spring 2020.
One of Stewart’s most noteworthy experiences was a summer internship with CERN, where he worked with Dr. Suyog Shrestha using ATLAS Detector data to model top quark background production. “This experience allowed me to truly understand what doing physics research is like,” said Stewart. “It also helped me learn how to learn on my own and exercise good time management, since the internship was entirely remote. I think this opportunity truly furthered both my interest and progress towards my career goals.”
“Hopefully Peyton’s contribution through the internship will one day be part of a historic discovery,” said Shrestha, who supervised him remotely all summer. The work is in fact due to be published in 2021, meaning Stewart, as an undergrad, will be noted as having participated in an international collaboration.
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The next stop for Stewart is Clemson University, where he will be pursuing a PhD in Astrophysics, with the hopes of one day becoming a professor at a research university. Stewart credits his Washington College classes with giving him the encouragement to see beyond the scope of traditional physics courses, and why he now wants a career in research. “My professors were always there for me, providing as much help as possible as well as tremendous aid when I asked them about GRE’s, Graduate School and potential career paths,” said Stewart. “I think at one point or another, every faculty member within the Physics Department had a positive impact on me – they are why I am where I am now, where I will be in the future.”
As he prepares to close out his Washington College career, Stewart notes that one of his most significant accomplishments was really more of a discovery – thanks to his experiences, he recognizes that he has a talent for, and really enjoys explaining concepts and teaching others about physics and math, as well as other subjects.
What will he miss most about Washington College? His friends, and Create’s Miller Sandwich.