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ALUMNUS, MAY ’16
Among other fellowships and scholarships, fields is one of four ASU Origins Project scholars to receive a prestigious national science foundation graduate fellowship. He is now in Michigan State’s astronomy and astrophysics PhD program.
“I’m the first in my family to attend university, and the transition was difficult—and my academic performance reflected that. In 2013, I started doing everything I could to improve myself: retaking courses to raise my GPA, studying harder, getting help for my core physics courses, and getting involved in scientific research. Through this and the support I was able to surround myself with at ASU, I was able to succeed.”
El Mirage, Arizona
ASU Medallion Scholarship, New American University Scholar Dean's Award
“When I was younger, I used to watch the TV show House all the time. I used to try to diagnose patients even though I was a child. Over time, I started to think I could explore the sciences and actually make it a career to help people thanks to my knowledge of biological functions of the human body.
“I hope with my degree I can go to medical school to become a physician and help save lives. It would be rewarding to apply the science foundation I got here at ASU toward making a difference to those who need it medically.”
ASU Origins Project's Norm Perill Scholarship
“I have always loved reptiles. Upon moving to Arizona, I realized how little we actually know about many of the species here. Because I am in a position to do something about that, I decided to focus on learning about the reptiles that inhabit the desert with us.
“The Gila monster is my favorite reptile, because it’s probably one of the most interesting lizards in the world. I also love whiptails, which are incredibly fast and also parthenogenetic, which means that females can produce offspring without mating, resulting in more females in the population than males. And I have a newfound interest in alligator lizards, which I have around my house—they just look really cool.”
ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS—URBAN POLICY
ASU Alumni Association Medallion Scholarship, among others
Files explains what he’s learned in his time as a legislative intern in the Arizona Attorney General’s office:
“Let’s just say that Schoolhouse Rock took a few shortcuts in its explanation. When we think of how bills are proposed, we think someone behind a desk is just spitballing problems that need to be solved. While that sometimes occurs, the bulk of the bills that become laws are those that arise from specific events.
“To understand proposed legislation, not only should you know what the proposed law does; you need to understand who is advocating for it and why. The objective of a bill is never apparent by simply looking at the proposed legal statute. By having this social understanding of legislation, people are able to propose compromises and amendments that can achieve the intended goals and avoid unintended consequences. My experience at the Arizona legislature and the Arizona Attorney General’s office showed me how colorful and exciting this process really is—a process that is often perceived as uninteresting and insignificant.”