Hello all and welcome to my blog!
My name is Jordan Eagle and I am 27 years old. I was born and raised in Hampton, Virginia. I attended and graduated from Kecoughtan High School in 2012. I went on to receive my Bachelor’s degree in 2016 from Radford University in Radford, VA, in physics with a concentration in astronomy and a minor in Spanish. I then moved down to Clemson, South Carolina to begin my doctoral work in physics at Clemson University. While pursuing my PhD, I earned my Master of Science in 2019. I am still working towards my PhD, ending my fifth year!
I am currently a predoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and I am completing my PhD thesis with my research here.
In addition to pursuing my PhD, I aim to use my position as a fellow scientist to strengthen the scientific community and to try to help bridge the gap between the scientific community and the general public which has been a growing concern for humankind. I will focus on improving the understanding of science and its validity with the general public and, on the way, hopefully giving the general public a new sense of awe and appreciation for science. Furthermore, I’d love to see underrepresented groups become more embedded in STEM. I hope to accomplish all of this through educational outreach of all kinds including this blog!
This blog will have multiple purposes: 1) I want to share my story on how I got to where I am today. I am very much not an innately brilliant physicist. If I can be a physicist, anyone can be a physicist is all I’m saying. 2) I want to share resources for other graduate students. It is important to stay involved in your community, keep up to date with new opportunities, and most importantly, to take care of yourself! Mental, physical, and academic advice will be included. 3) Lastly, I want to share all of the cool and exciting things that I study. I hope to share a similar passion and connection with my readers through this blog. Please, if you have any ideas or suggestions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
What do you study?
My PhD will technically say physics but my focus is specifically in high energy astrophysics. This deals with particle physics, electricity and magnetism, astronomy, orbital dynamics, statistical mechanics, and more.
How long will it take you to earn your PhD?
Hopefully a total of six years and no more than seven. This is a pretty good average from what I have seen. It sounds like a lot but if you select a school that offers Master’s en route, you get a little treat a couple years in! Then you graduate with two degrees instead of one. Edit: I recently changed this to be six year estimate (originally I claimed five – which I am wrapping up with right now 😅).
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I love reading, listening to music, running with my dog Ruca, snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and decorating! I’ve recently taken up yoga and that has been a fun challenge, too.