Sam Hopson
1505 Delaware, Santa Cruz, Ca, 95060
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(619) 865-6523
* shopson@ucsc.edu
CAREER OBJECTIVE
I am a passionate, driven, outgoing and quick to learn Applied Physics major, Electrical
Engineering minor at UC Santa Cruz looking to get experience getting hands on experience in
my relevant fields.
EXPERIENCE
EDUCATION
RESEARCH
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA
CRUZ, Santa Cruz, CA
Professor Robert Johnson - AESOP Lite
Graduating June 2020
UC Santa Cruz, Feb 2019 - June 2019
BS Applied Physics Major
Launching high-altitude balloon payloads fitted
BS Electrical Engineering Minor
with particle detectors, in order to measure low
GPA 3.30/4.0
energy electrons and positrons from cosmic rays
Focusing on the integration of a Raspberry Pi
microprocessor to the detectors as a data
RELEVANT COURSEWORK
acquisition computer
ASTRO 9 - Introduction to Physics Research
Professor Connie Rockosi - ASTRO 9
Worked with faculty members in small scale
Astrophysics Projects
UC Santa Cruz, Nov 2016 - June 2017
Used APOGEE survey data in order to create a
ASTRO 119 - Introduction to Scientific Computing
rotation curve of the Milky Way Galaxy in order
Experience with data analysis and
to measure its mass
representation using Python
Experience with data analysis in Python,
Worked with data analysis and plotting, as well
research paper creation, poster editing, and
as Matplotlib, SciPy, and NumPy
research symposiums
PHYS 116 Series - Math Methods for Physics
Majors
STUDENT LIFE AND UNIVERSITY
Course work focused on the study and
GUIDE, UC Santa Cruz Admissions
application of a multitude of high-level math
UC Santa Cruz, Dec 2017 - Present
concepts commonly found in Physics
Lead walking tours for prospective students,
Knowledge of linear algebra, ordinary and
providing information on campus academics and
partial differential equations, and statistics,
life
among other topics
Excellent communication skills due to
experience speaking in front of crowds
PHYS 160 - Practical Electronics
Lectures and lab work centering on the design,
ADDITIONAL SKILLS
construction, and debugging of electronics
projects commonly found in Physics Research
Intermediate level experience coding in Python
Worked using PSpice, as well as hands on
in a scientific context
construction in labs
Intermediate level experience in electronics
through course and hobby work with Arduino
AWARDS AND HONORS
microcontrollers and guitar pedal effect boards
Well versed in giving presentations, technical or
Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America
otherwise, due to experience with research
UC Santa Cruz Dean’s Honors - Top 75th
symposiums and in public speaking roles
percentile of GPA: Winter Quarter 2018