Hi there! My name is Sara Abedi and I am currently in my 4th year of the physics doctoral program at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. My research investigates quantum transport properties of 2D electron systems.
Before the pandemic, I would commute to campus every day because I live on Long Island and the campus is in Manhattan. Most of my responsibilities involve data acquisition and data processing. We are always running new experiments, so there’s always data to analyze and interpret. During the semester, I am also a lab teaching assistant for the introductory physics courses at City College. Once a week, I lead a 2 hour lab section with 20+ undergraduates of all levels.
I’ve always loved teaching physics and the fact I get to do that while pursuing my doctoral research is the best of both worlds.
I definitely realized that being a doctoral student, then candidate, is a 9 to 5 job. The core of a STEM doctoral program is the research, so you lose the traditional school element. Without an instructor assigning homework or reviewing for upcoming exams, you are responsible for your own schedule as a graduate research assistant. It’s a lot of self-discipline.
CUNY is such a melting pot of different STEM fields. You can be pursuing a physics PhD, but you hear someone in the chemistry department needs a physicist. If you are unsure on what kind of research you want to pursue, there are so many research projects to explore. I feel like there’s something for everyone.
In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends. I love shopping, going for long walks, journaling, catching up TV shows and movies, and baking.
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