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UC triple major seeks to inspire and educate

A&S physics student Korash Assani finds his niche in research and as a student ambassador

Assani presenting his research

Korash Assani

By Noelle Zielinski

Korash Assani has been studying and conducting research at the University of Cincinnati since he was a senior in high school. A triple major in physics, astrophysics and math in UC's College of Arts and Sciences, Assani’s research focuses on his lifelong interest in the formation of solar systems.

During the course of his studies, Assani has had several opportunities to collaborate with a scientists to understand the structure of such systems. Now in his third year, Assani’s findings are starting to be heard by researchers around the country. He presented his latest project on a solar system 300 light years away to the American Astronomical Society conference in Seattle.

Apart from researching celestial masses, Assani serves as the president of A&S Ambassadors, a group of student volunteers for the college who speak to prospective and admitted students about campus life and academics. Through this role, Assani hopes to benefit the university.

“The impact that we have on prospective students can truly change their perspective about UC, he said. “By having the opportunity to talk to prospective students one on one, I can show them all of the reasons I love UC and hopefully give them more of a reason to come here.”

By being a part of A&S Ambassadors, Assani wants to work with his team of executives to build UC’s physics department and help recruit more incoming students into these programs. Assani’s passion for physics drove him to re-establish the Society of Physics Students club on campus to provide an opportunity for students to build a community within the physics department.

“When I was a freshman, this club gave me the opportunity to meet so many upperclassmen and gave me confidence in my capability to succeed in physics,” Assani said.

With the remainder of his time here at UC, Assani loves helping students on their academic journey. Assani also serves as a peer leader at the Learning Assistance Center, a supplemental instructor, a recitation teaching assistant and he has been a peer tutor for every single physics and mathematics course offered by the Learning Assistance Center.

Assani’s mission is to teach his students a wide variety of skills including intellectual and stress management, university engagement, integrative learning and professional and civic responsibility.

“Physics is notorious for its drop-out rate and I hope that as a peer leader I can encourage students to believe in their capability to be successful physics students,” he said. “By doing this, we can build a stronger department and community and better ourselves as individuals.”