Physics Student Ambassador
An ambassador for both the College of Liberal Arts and the Sally McConnell Barksdale Honors College, Nick Kruse is an aspiring physical chemistry professor. Nick is equal parts researcher and Star Wars fanatic. When he’s not spending his time building the latest Lego model or debating Clone Wars lore, he likes to spend his time attending UM football games, swimming, and playing classic rock on the piano.
Why did you choose to major in physics and chemistry at UM?
When I visited campus in the Fall of 2017, I was blown away by the research being performed here by the physical chemistry faculty. After a private tour of the research labs with Chemistry Department Chair, Dr. Tschumper, UM rose to the top of my list of potential universities. But it wasn’t until the following spring that I made my final decision after meeting with Physics Department faculty, Dr. Bombelli and Dr. Labuda, as well as my current chemistry research advisor, Dr. Nathan Hammer. This was the one university that I felt truly cared about both its students and research, and that is why I came here.
Has UM provided any leadership opportunities?
The leadership opportunities at UM are seemingly limitless. I am the treasurer of the Society of Physics Students, the fundraising chair for the National Society for Leadership and Success, and I am a member of multiple committees in the UM Chapter of the Young Americans for Freedom.
What are your career aspirations?
After I complete my baccalaureate studies, I plan to attend graduate school, attain a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, and then become a research professor in the subject.
Favorite role model?
Professor Hammer and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Go-to meal in Oxford?
As someone with a constant craving for hot wings and Mexican Cuisine, I go back and forth between El Agave and Buffalo Wild Wings.
What are you binge watching?
How I Met Your Mother, Jack Ryan,and Breaking Bad.
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