Join us for Fridays at Calvin with a special twist—a day of events designed for students considering studying physics or astronomy. You'll meet Calvin students and faculty, sit in on classes in your area of interest and get to know others who are also serious about a career in your field.
Since graduating from Calvin in 2003, Jacob VanderPlas has published several papers on cutting edge research in astronomy, cosmology, and computing. He is now completing his PhD at the University of Washington. Before he began his doctoral studies, Jacob spent a year teaching English in Japan and two years as a mountaineering instructor and outdoor educator in California. He also designs planetarium shows and is an expert at explaining complex topics like dark energy and gravitational lensing to the general public.
After the talk, current and prospective students are invited to chat with Jacob over pizza to learn more about his work, careers in physics and astronomy, and how he relates astronomy to his Christian faith.