Graduating Greyhounds 2014: Kevin Seltzer
Following graduation, senior Kevin Seltzer to pursue a Ph.D. in physics at Washington University in St. Louis
Spotlight on: Kevin Seltzer, ‘14
Hometown: West Chester, Pa.
Degree: B.S. Physics and Mathematics (double major)
A professor you’d tell others to take: Dr. Mark Osteen in the English department, or Dr. Timothy Stapleton in the philosophy department: “Both have great senses of humor, and both are extremely knowledgeable in the topics.”
Campus Involvement: DJ for a folk/alt-rock show on WLOY, Loyola’s student radio station; founder of Loyola’s chapter of Harambee, a social activism club that raises funds for a youth education foundation in Kenya.
Last spring Kevin Seltzer was awarded a $7,500 scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education program, which honors students from across the nation who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
“There’s a tendency in society to see science just in terms of technology, but that’s never been how I’ve seen science,” Kevin, who developed a passion for sciences in high school, said at the time of his award.
“It’s really a way of thinking about the world, and I firmly believe that’s what makes science so useful to people because it allows us to step back and say, OK, there are certain problems in the world and if we use a logical process, that scientific method, we can get a definitive answer.”
Kevin will graduate in May with degrees in physics and mathematics, and he is excited for the opportunity to “inspire young people to feel the same way I do about science.”
He shared the details for his future plans and what he’ll miss about college with Loyola magazine.
What are your plans following graduation, and how did you arrive at them?
I will be pursuing a Ph.D. in physics at Washington University in St. Louis.
I really decided I wanted to pursue a doctorate after doing two Hauber Summer Research Fellowships with Dr. Andrea Erdas in the physics department.
How has Loyola prepared you for the future?
By teaching me to see the intricacies inherent in everything—nothing is black and white!
What surprises you most about the person you are now compared to the person you were when you moved into your residence hall that first August weekend four years ago?
How much I learned, particularly through my core classes. People really like to hate the core curriculum, but that’s the stuff you could really take your time with and enjoy if you wanted to.
Is there a class you’d recommend other students take?
If you don’t have the prerequisites for an upper level math or physics course, then Urban Health and Faith. It’s a class all about the pitfalls and benefits of urban life, and how urban religious communities provide health care in urban environments.
Which Loyola event do you wish you could attend without having to be a student?
Chordbusters. Every time I went, I thought, “This probably won’t be as good as the last one.” Every time I was wrong.
What campus food or dining service are you fearful of living without?
Probably Starbucks. Great coffee really helps when you need to work, and I think that the Starbucks on campus is the only one in the world… right?
What are you most looking forward to in your next chapter?
Exploring a new part of the country, learning new things, and carrying on my love of the liberal arts.
To read more stories about this year’s Graduating Greyhounds, visit our 2014 Commencement page.