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Linda McDonald

Linda McDonald, Physics professor
 
Assistant Professor of Physics

Expertise: Experimental and theoretical atomic physics; history and philosophy of physics

At North Park since: 1984

Ask Linda McDonald why she chooses to teach at North Park, and her answer is simple: “The students.” In the physics and engineering department, students bring different experiences, but “will be welcome as part of the physics family,” she says.

“At North Park, you will be recognized for your talents and abilities and uniqueness,” Linda says. “Problems like what you look like or say or where you come from just seem to shrink into the background when compared to the problems we try to solve in physics.”

It’s that unique focus that the study of physics affords that compels Linda to ensure her students are motivated not just by excellence and hard work, but also by fun. “Where else do you get to do your labs riding up and down on the elevator in the John Hancock Center?” she says of North Park’s physics program. “Where else do you get to work at a national accelerator lab for your internship?”

In addition to helping guide you in your career or graduate school path, Linda will work with you to ensure you get hands-on experience with a research internship. “What can you do with a physics or engineering degree from North Park? Anything you want,” she says. She also works with North Park’s Society of Physics Students and national honorary society Sigma Pi Sigma.

Education

  • PhD candidate, History of Physics, University of Chicago
  • MS, Radiological Sciences, University of Oklahoma
  • BS, Physics, University of Oklahoma
“Problems like what you look like or say or where you come from just seem to shrink into the background when compared to the problems we try to solve in physics.”