Physics Recruitment

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Meet Jordan Kemp

Short bio:
 I am from a small town in the hills of rural Pennsylvania. I studied physics as an undergraduate, and bounced around a few research fields before settling on complex systems. 

Who inspires you?
As a kid, 2000s science communication icons like Steve Irwin and Michio Kaku inspired me. More recently, I’ve been inspired by my hard-working parents, peers, and friends.

What are you fans of?
I am a fan of the San Antonio Spurs, Hiatus Kaiyote, KOKOROKO, and public transit

Why did you choose to study Physics?
Physics gives us tools and techniques to study many of the most fundamental questions across the sciences. It is rooted in problem-solving and model building, and is often intuitive yet full of surprises.

Why did you choose UChicago?
UChicago provides a supportive and collaborative environment where exploring novel techniques and applications is encouraged. It’s situated in a community and city with a rich history, and has strong research communities across the physical and biological science.

What are the best things about your PhD program?
I enjoy the freedom and the ease with which students can form their own research path. We are compensated fairly for our work, and the department and division have many resources and throw many events for students.

What was the best surprise about UChicago or life in Chicago?
As a native of the impersonal Northeast, I’ve been surprised by how friendly and welcoming everyone, everywhere in the city is, particularly in the South Side. 

if you could share any advice to your colleagues, what would it be?
Organization is the key to healthy work/life balance, and that balance is a key to a healthy you. 


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