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Scott Hershberger


I recently earned my bachelor's degree at Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Physics and Mathematics and a minor in Spanish. I wrote my senior thesis on representation theory, a branch of math that combines linear algebra and group theory. I also researched parity-time symmetry in quantum mechanics. Although I enjoyed exploring the deep unanswered questions about the universe, I increasingly feel the urge to help connect scientists and the public to address the problems we face as a society. Since deciding to pursue a career in science communication, I've written about topics ranging from migrating birds to synthetic chemistry for my university's news website. When I'm not thinking about science, you can often find me at my keyboard composing music for jazz combos, chamber ensembles, and solo piano. If I’m not there, I’m likely playing racquetball or curled up with a good book. I grew up reading Scientific American and am thrilled to be a writer there this summer!


Scott Hershberger stands in front of a series of arches.

Washington University in St. Louis

Fellowship Sponsor: American Mathematical Society

Fellowship Host: Scientific American