Graham Waegel

I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. I was home-schooled and did a lot of reading and watching science shows and documentaries, which led to an early and lasting interest in science. Some past-time hobbies included fencing, computer gaming and programming. I went to college with the idea of studying physics and computer science, and took my first few classes at Harrisburg Area Community College. Once there I also discovered an interest in math, which combined well with the other subjects. With this encouraging start I transferred to a 4-year program at Millersville University, where I completed a bachelor’s degree in physics with minors in math and computer science. Following this I went on to pursue a graduate degree, and moved across the country to study at the University of California, Davis.

My first couple of years at Davis were mostly consumed by graduate courses, exams and working as a teaching assistant. Over time I became involved with the Davis Nuclear Physics Group studying heavy ion physics. Through this I began analysis work with the CMS Experiment, eventually leading me to arrive at CERN for the November 2018 Heavy Ion run.