— 2 July 2004 —

Claire Oliphant: Physic-sian


Claire got into the Physics program at Illinois State University. Officially, she rocks!

She took the past almost 10 years off to work, play (a little) and raise a child. Now it is her turn to matriculate.

Claire missed some deadlines for applying through the regular admissions process (partly due to her High School failing to send her transcript in a timely manner), so it went to the Admissions Committee.

Claire is starting over basically from scratch. She has credits from the university where we met back in the early 90s, but those are not anything she wants to bring forward. Even if it means redoing everything.

She has been taking required courses at the community college here. 4.0 so far. I think that is one of the things that got her in with the Admissions Committee. In their letter to her they said they were very impressed with her recent accomplishments.

So she is admitted to the Physics program. Apparently, ISU has a decent program. They don’t have a Masters degree offered, but I have heard that since the program is somewhat small (in student numbers) and the fact there is no Masters option, the faculty runs it like a Bachelor/Master hybrid.

Students participate in research and some even publish. I think this will be a good opportunity for Claire. It will push her brain, and she needs that. She is really smart, but needs to be challenged to keep from getting bored.

Anyway, all I can say now is that I am impressed with her. I am trying to get her to start a blog to chronicle her travels down the physics highway. Sort of a “Dancing Claire-ee Masters” type thing. :) I think that she thinks no one wants to read about her educational pursuits. I would. You would. Right?

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