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I think I first discovered that I was interested in science when I was about 6 years old and my father gave me a book of science experiments from the Mr. Wizard show (brownie points if you know who that is!). On weekends, we would spend afternoons sucking eggs into milk bottles, growing sugar crystals on old bolts from the garage and, my personal favorite, building a lunch box alarm from a clothespin, a popsicle stick and various bits of electronics gleaned from my many visits to Radio Shack. When it was time for me to go to college, I received a full ride to Berkeley and spend 3 semesters there pursuing a physics degree. However, I caught the travel bug early on and I transferred to the University of Sydney where I received a double degree in physics and advanced mathematics. After taking a year off to bake cookies, travel and take "fun" classes at Saddleback Community College, I enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I received a masters and a doctorate in physics. During this time, specialized in nanophotonics and eventually wrote my dissertation on a phenomenon called surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) which I am happy to talk at length with anyone about as long as they are willing to listen :-). After graduation, I was hired as a postdoc by the department of biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, where I studied cancer metastasis, learned a bit fo chemistry and, possibly more importantly, how to shovel large quantities of snow. As of now, I live in Laguna Beach, CA where I play volleyball and try to pass on a little of what I've learned to my students. If the 10 years I spent in academia taught me anything, it's that every student learns a bit differently. Having tutored for all 10 of those years, I've gotten particularly good at working with my students to help find what works best for them. I am laid back, easy going, and I love what I do. If you need help in math or physics, I am your girl and I look forward to meeting you!

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Kristen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Sydney - Bachelor of Science, Physics and Math

Graduate Degree: UNC Chapel Hill - PHD, Physics

Test Scores

GRE: 1470


Running, cooking and playing beach volleyball!

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