Elizabeth's Biography

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Hampton. I was born in Queens, New York, and attended Catholic schools there since the 3rd grade: OLPH elementary school, and then Archbishop Molloy High School. Stony Brook University was my first public school (since the 2nd grade) so you can imagine my struggle when I had to adjust to picking out a new outfit to wear EVERY morning. I am currently pursuing a degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

When I was growing up, my mom was an accountant and spent hours a day playing puzzles. Somehow my brother and I gained our mom's love for mathematics instead of our dad's love for reading and history. I love to read but never gained an interest in history. I am not one of those people who have the next 10 years planned in their head, however I do know I plan to attend graduate school and someday earn a Ph.D. in mathematics.

I love math, and never plan to stop pursuing it, but I've always wondered how far I could go with regards to applying mathematics to scientific applications. I'm not sure what I want to do once I get my degree, but I've always very seriously considered becoming a professor. I love to learn new things and am a very curious person, as most of my friends and past teachers know. Which is why I was in shock when I discovered the various researches mathematics professors conduct; and I find the idea of learning new things every day and experimenting with different applications very exciting.

The only physics course I ever formally took was in high school, although I've learned some physics concepts and ideas through mathematics and, of course, television. While I've never been very good at physics, although I am getting better and better at its applications in mathematics, I've always been fascinated by it. I always imagined what I could accomplish if I could understand physics, and I'm still hoping I'll catch on to it one of these days as my math skills increase. I've always wanted to play pool or some other game or sport and be able to use my physics/mathematical skills to beat out all my opponents :-P. In addition, recently I've become fascinated by all the ways physics, and especially lasers and optics, are being used and expanded every day.  I love projects that have to do with lights and/or mirrors because it's all about the angles and applying Mathematics correctly.

Elizabeth Hampton
February 2008
Laser Teaching Center