North Central College - Naperville, IL
Physics major

From a young age, physics has fascinated Ryan. “I was amazed at how this one subject could explain so much around me.”

North Central’s reputation and location attracted him, but he quickly learned other pluses, like the College’s summer research program and proximity to two national labs—Argonne and Fermi.

“The opportunities here are abundant. The summer research program lets me interact with North Central professors one-on-one and work on projects on a daily basis. And I have the option to work with scientists at one of the national labs, exploring and solving current problems in physics.”

Ryan says serving as a lab assistant for some science courses helped him connect and collaborate with more students. “I’m usually around the Science Center talking about anything physics. It’s a wonderful feeling to have such an intellectual atmosphere as my second home.”