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Katie Rainey: Reflecting Back on Involvement

Katie Rainey

I graduated with a bachelor of science in physics, with a minor in applied mathematics, from Boise State in 2014. I decided to attend Boise State because it offered the allure of “big city” Idaho while allowing me to stay close to my hometown of Lewiston, Idaho. While at Boise State I had the opportunity to teach physics labs and conduct research, which resulted in a publication in a top physics journal. My time in the physics department gave me a huge advantage when applying to graduate school. I also worked with Multicultural Student Services (MSS) to perform in and write select theaters for the Tunnel of Oppression. Working with MSS changed my life for the better and really helped me realize what I am passionate about. I am currently attending the University of Colorado at Boulder pursuing a Ph.D. in physics while conducting education research focusing on gender, equity, and representation within the field of physics. After leaving Idaho, I realized that Boise State provides students with amazing opportunities, such as small, supportive classroom environments, various research opportunities, and access to many free activities on campus. My advice to current College of Arts and Sciences students would be to cherish your time at Boise State and take advantage of every opportunity you can.

Katie Rainey