Class of 2011
Math and Physics major
Amanda Persichetti graduated magna cum laude from Merrimack College in 2011 with a double major in Physics and Mathematics. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island.
While an undergraduate at Merrimack College, Amanda took a major step toward her dream of getting her Ph.D. by spending her summers being paid to do research. In summer 2010, Amanda interned at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University as part of the SAO Solar Physics Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. Her project involved modeling magnetic fields.
In summer 2009, Amanda earned a coveted paid summer research opportunity through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. She spent a portion of the summer with applied mathematics researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she analyzed traffic flow patterns.
In addition to her academic accomplishments, Amanda also served as the vice president of the Theta Phi Alpha Sorority and she was named “Greek Woman of the Year” for her efforts. She also traveled to Pennsylvania and Virginia as part of Alternative Spring Break—a week-long community service program offered through Merrimack. In addition, Amanda served as president of the Physics Club, and treasurer of the Math Club.