Caesar Shrestha, Mathematics Student Ambassador
Caesar is a math and physics double major, who has done advanced research at UM’s National Center of Physical Acoustics. In his (very spare) spare time, he is an avid chess player and plans to go to graduate school to get his PhD in physics.
Why did you pick your major?
Since the dawn of civilization, people have looked up to the stars and tried to make sense of their place in this universe. After thousands of years of inquiry, we are still very far from unveiling the secrets of the cosmos. The universe existed long before we came to this earth, and will continue to exist long after we are gone; this is an inescapable fact. And to be able to learn and possibly unravel the mysteries of nature is a supreme privilege — this is the reason why I chose physics and mathematics as my majors.
What is a moment you recall in or out of class with a prof that made a difference in your life?
Last summer, I had a chance to do research on ultasonics in the National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA) with Dr. Joel Mobley. Working with Dr. Mobley gave me exposure to various skills that are essential to become a successful scientist. I also got to interact with various scientists who are at the forefront of their fields.
Do you do any activities beyond the classroom?
I am the president of the chess club at UM. We meet, learn, and play chess in a regular basis and more recently, we organized a simultaneous chess event where we got the state champion of Mississippi, International Master David Ross, to play against the best players from UM.
Have you travelled so far during college?
Apart from my home country, Nepal, I have also travelled to India and France.
What are your career plans?
I want to eventually study for a PhD in physics. Some of the topics that I am interested in are quantum physics, general relativity, and string theory.
Why would you recommend your departments at UM?
The mathematics and physics department at Ole Miss offer various research opportunities and wide variety of classes with different levels of rigor that will give you ample preparation for future careers. More importantly, you will learn how to think critically and solve hard problems, which are essential skills to have in life in general. The professors are also very friendly and outgoing, and they are always there to help you whenever you need them.
What’s your go-to restaurant in Oxford?
Maharaja Indian Restaurant
What are you binge watching?
Due to nature of the classes that I am enrolled in, I haven’t had the time, but some of the shows I’ve binge watched before are Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, and The Office.