Physics Ambassadors

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Sandra Gabel

Sandra is a sophomore physics and math major with a concentration in engineering. She has interned with Anoka County public safety data systems this past year and will be interning with an engineering firm this summer. In the future, she hopes to attend grad school for either mechanical or electrical engineering. She is a member of the St. Olaf Band, Cantorei Choir, and the Society of Women in Physics. Outside of academics, she enjoys hiking, baking the best paskas this side of the cannon river, and spending time with her yellow lab, Ziva.

Sandra Gabel
Lily Nestor

Lily Nestor is a Sophomore Physics and Ancient Studies major with a Management Studies concentration. She will be doing research through the CURI program with Professor Anne Gothmann on cold water coral proxies this summer, and is a contributor to the SPS poster project highlighting the achievements of physicists from underrepresented groups. Lily is also a member of the Society of Women in Physics. In the future, Lily intends to work in aerospace with a possible focus on space settlement. When not watching rocket launches or rambling about Greco-Roman mythology, Lily can be found on the golf course, on a long walk, or overanalyzing movie/TV soundtracks. She identifies as a white cisgender woman.

Lily Nestor
Noah Tibben-Lembke

Noah is a Sophomore Physics and Computer Science major with an Engineering Studies concentration/minor. He has enjoyed his recent lab experiments such as measuring photon emission in mercury atom interactions and investigating positron spectroscopy. In the future, Noah is looking forward to researching magnetic vortices in superfluids over the summer with St. Olaf faculty. He is a member of the Engineering Team and works as a Tech Staff Manager in the Lion’s Pause, a St. Olaf student-run performance venue. Outside of academics, he enjoys performing with the St. Olaf Band, Chapel Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, German Choir, playing Mario with his roommates, and taking walks through the St. Olaf Natural Lands. He identifies as a white heterosexual man.

Noah Tibben-Lembke
Elizabeth Lesser

Elizabeth is a Sophomore Physics and Math major with a Race and Ethnic Studies concentration/minor. She’s dabbled in a variety of research through an independent project with Professor Amy Kolan, but is currently working on perfecting video analysis techniques for use in a variety of experiments. In the future, Elizabeth is looking for more research opportunities and potentially grad school. She is a member of St. Olaf’s chapter of AIP TEAM-UP and the Society of Women in Physics. Outside of physics you might find her dancing with Vesilica International Dance Company, knitting scarfs, or having Mario Kart tournaments with her roommates. She identifies as a white lesbian woman. 

Elizabeth Lesser
Cecilia Dean

Cecilia Dean, class of 2023, is a Physics and Math double major with concentrations in Environmental Studies and Engineering Studies. She feels very fortunate to attend St. Olaf where she can delve into the sciences but also ponder philosophical questions and engage in the liberal arts. She is hoping to become a renewable energies engineer (thus all the majors and concentrations!). In the future, she also hopes to be able to travel and/or live abroad. On campus, she sings in a couple choirs, including the vocal jazz group Ole Ave. In her free time, she likes to knit, read, bake, do yoga, and hang out with friends. She’s enthusiastic about Physics and would be happy to share any of her experience and advice with you!

Cecilia Dean

Welcome to the Physics ambassador page! You are here because you have an interest in physics and want to learn more about what it means to be a physics major at St. Olaf. We are here to help you on this journey! Below, you will find the Bios of our current ambassadors. They represent a small cross section of the interests and inspiration of our physics students.

Are you curious about what you first year of physics courses will look like? Are you curious what the department culture is like? Please email the ambassadors via the address below. We welcome any and all questions you have about being a physics major at St. Olaf! If you have a question for a specific ambassador, please note that in your email. We are excited to explore the physics possibilities with scientists like you!!!

Contact us here: physics-ambassadors@stolaf.edu

Meet the Ambassadors

Expand the links on the side to learn more about our ambassadors. If you have a question for one of the specific ambassadors, please make that clear in your email. Looking forward to hearing from you all!