John Heavisides


John Heavisides will graduate in May 2015 with a bachelor of science degree in physics. From Goffstown, New Hampshire, John decided to attend the University of New Hampshire after he learned that UNH had something called the Space Science Center, which offered numerous resources and opportunities for students. He credits the television shows he watched growing up, like Star Trek, for initially piquing his interest in science and space. John decided to study physics because he likes to “understand how everything works at the most fundamental level.” In addition to receiving the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) award for his research in Oslo, Norway, John’s team was also a finalist for the 2014 Social Venture Innovation Challenge for their “Food to Fuel Project,” which proposed using food waste to “produce clean fuel sources and fertilizers, thereby reducing its contribution to climate change and landfill space.” In the future, John is considering research in a new area—not space, but the ocean. He is interested in applying his physics knowledge to either oceanography or ocean engineering.