Demi St. John
Major: Physics and Mathematics
Hometown: Edwardsville, IL
High school: Edwardsville High School
Activities and Organizations
- Euclidian Math Club
- Honors College
- Honors College Student Council
- Newman House
- Ambassador for Physics Division of the Institute of Engineering
- Max Griffin Carman Senior Scholarship
- Jeffrey J. and Sallie Clarke Endowed Scholarship
- Regents Academic Achievement Scholarship
- Bill Taylor Physics Scholarship
- Linn-Allbritten Alumni Scholarship
- Engineering and Physics (EGR Partnership) Housing Scholarship
- Mathematics Scholarship
- McNair Scholarship
- John C. Vickrey & Nell Hall Vickrey Mathematics
- CSET Study Abroad Scholarship
- FLIGHT Scholarship
- UR Study Abroad Scholarship
What's an interesting fact about you that would surprise most people?
I like to count steps. Whenever I am going to class in a building I'll count the steps as a I walk upstairs. There are 13 on the first flight of stairs in Faculty and 11 on all the others in case you were wondering.
Where is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is Blackburn. This building is where I have made some of my best friends, worked on homework for hours, laughed, and make major life decisions. Years from now, this spot is going to be the center of many stories I'll tell and what made Murray State such a special part of my story.
Who is your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor is Dr. Kobraei in the physics department. He has so much life experience to incorporate in stories during lecture and truly cares about his students. Plus, he has the best collection of suits that I have ever seen!
What's something you've accomplished at MSU that you're most proud of and why?
There are many things that I have done during my time at Murray State that I am proud of, but the one that I would have to say I'm most proud of is getting involved with research in my department with Dr. Ridley. He helped to further my love of astronomy and encourage me to pursue whatever it is that interests me. Working with him on pulsar research gave me to the opportunity to travel to Australia to get trained on the Parkes Radio Telescope. Also, he's helped me to get accepted into two different Research Experience for Undergraduate programs (The University of Toledo and The University of Colorado - Boulder). Having been able to find something I love and want to do with my life has been a blessing and without participating in research I would most likely be on a different path.
What is your favorite MSU tradition?
All Campus Sing is my favorite tradition. It's the one day a year when everyone from the university and community come together and support each other openly and for all to see. Having the quad full of people whether you are performing or just watching makes you feel like you a part of one giant Murray State family - and it is wonderful!
What advice would you give high school students about college?
Don't be afraid to try new things. Join a club, fraternity, sorority, honors program, or whatever it may be, just because YOU want to. College is about finding out what makes you happy and what makes you succeed. Surround yourself with those that are going to support you and encourage you to be the best version of yourself. And most importantly, be happy and have fun! Make sure when it comes time for graduation that you can look back and have stories that you can tell for years to come.
How do you define success?
Success is trying for a goal and never giving up. There is no letter grade that defines it or stamp of completion saying you have achieved success. Your experiment may fail, or you only get a B, but success is never throwing in the towel because when you give it your all, you know that you have done everything you can which is the most important thing.
After graduation, I am going to go to graduate school for my PhD. I would like to find a school out west where I can continue my passion of space and astronomy. My plan after earning my PhD is to work in a national laboratory continuing on with research and contributing to the overall knowledge of the scientific community.