“There are a lot of people who study physics and math…but not many people get to study physics and the ancient Greeks and Romans.”
— Zach Silberman
Zach Silberman has been interested in astronomy since high school, and when he began taking Astrophysics courses at Allegheny, he knew he had found his perfect academic path.
“I think one of my most memorable experiences at Allegheny was when I saw the planetarium in action for the first time,” says Zach. “The professor used it to show us the stars during the first few days of my Astrophysics class, and it was really cool.”
A Physics major with a concentration in Astrophysics, Zach hopes to eventually go to graduate school for astrophysics and obtain a research position. In the meantime, in addition to working to complete his major, he supports Allegheny’s Astronomy Club and takes advantage of Allegheny’s functioning telescope, located on campus in Newton Observatory.
Besides his astronomy studies, Zach is also a double minor in Classical Studies and Computer Science. Through these classes, he explores his interest in the Greek and Roman empires and hones in on technological skills that could be helpful in a future physics career, such as observational work or data analysis.
Physics and Classical Studies is definitely an unusual combination,” Zach says, “but to me ‘unusual combinations’ just means having a unique set of interests. There are a lot of people who study physics and math, for example, but not many people get to study physics and the ancient Greeks and Romans.”
Zach’s unique interests extend to his extracurricular activities at Allegheny. He has served as both the President and Treasurer of the Fencing Team, is a brother of Delta Tau Delta, and is a member of the Society of Physics Students, the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society, the Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society, and the Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society.