Tristan Anderson


Tristan Anderson graduated from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in December 2020 with a bachelor of science degree in physics and minors in applied mathematics and in French. He conducted research throughout his undergraduate years at UNH, culminating in his senior thesis. Tristan’s interest in physics was sparked back when he was in ninth grade and heard about the discovery of the Higgs boson. He explains that as he began studying physics, he realized how little he knew, and how much there was to understand about how the universe works. In Dr. Slifer’s lab at UNH, Tristan found “the constant baton-passing between theory and experiment” to be “humbling and exciting.” By writing his commentary, he hopes to promote what nuclear physics has to offer and “kindle a spark of interest” in Inquiry readers and prospective physicists alike. Tristan will soon head to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, to study toward his Ph.D., and after that, he aims to work in research and development in nuclear physics. Eventually he would like to return to academia to teach at the college level and share his belief in the importance of research with future students.