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Name: Joshua Micheal Nelson

Born: September 21, 1993

City, State: Salina, KS

Education: Kansas Wesleyan University 2012 – 2014

                 Kansas State University 2014 – Present

Before College:  I was in the Salina Public School System from Kindergarten until

                        I graduated in 2012.  I went to Sunset Elementary, South Middle

                        School, and South High School.  As a youth, I was highly involved

                        in Boy Scouts and achieved the rank of Eagle at age 17.  In high school,

                        I took a liking to competitive swimming and did that for three years.

                        It was not until my senior year in high school that I was introduced

                        to the wonderful world of physics.  At the time, I thought it was just

                        going to be a class.  However, two weeks after graduating, I realized

                         my love for physics and decided to major in physics.

College:           I made the decision to go to Kansas Wesleyan University months before

                       I made the decision to be a physics major.  When I started college, I was

                       much more involved in the music program than the Physics program.

                       It was not long before I realized, that KWU had no research program. I

                       didn’t think much of this setback, however, until I came here to do this

                       REU, and even though I love my fellow Coyotes, I made the hard decision

                       to transfer here to K-State where I can continue my awesome research

                       during the school year.