Arianna Giguere — Class of 2020
In the physics department at the University of Maine, Arianna Giguere finds a tight-knit, supportive community of peers and professors. “Despite being the only girl out of around 20 junior physics majors, I have accepted the challenge gladly and feel right at home,” said Giguere. In high school, Giguere realized her passion for physics, and that led her to choosing her major. “I love the tangible applications of physics concepts to the real world. I enjoy learning about the equations that govern the behaviors I observe around me every day.” In addition to her demanding physics major, Giguere is also working toward a minor in mathematics.
This year, Giguere has been awarded the Harold A. “Doc” Gerrish Physics Scholarship, which highlights excellence of character and is awarded to an undergraduate whose work and attitude best exemplify the core values of achievement, selflessness, respect for others, trustworthiness and personal responsibility. Like many current college students, Giguere is conscious of the financial burden that higher education can impose. “The scholarship support I have received at UMaine is the biggest reason I am here. Without a significant amount of debt hanging over my head, I am relieved of some financial stress and am able to focus on making the best of my undergraduate experience,” said Giguere, “it goes by fast – undergrad is only four years after all!”
“One of my favorite things about UMaine is how tight-knit my department is. Over the past two years I have developed connections with both my classmates and my professors, which help keep me engaged and motivated every day.”
When she’s not in her classes or labs, Giguere practices piano, or stays active playing soccer and frisbee with friends.