Brittany Krutty (Left)

Brittany Krutty (Left)

Honors, achievements, and special recognition:

  • Student Researcher, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research)
  • University of Kansas Honor Roll (all semesters)
  • J. Michael Young Opportunity Award
  • Undergraduate Research Award (2 time recipient)
  • Honors Program Development Grant (2 time recipient)
  • Watkins-Berger Scholar
  • Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors (2011-2012)
  • Campus Relations Coordinator, KU Habitat for Humanity (2010-2011)
  • President and Secretary, KU WeTeach and National Science Teachers Association campus chapters (2011-2013)
  • AFCEA Stem Teaching Scholarship (2 time recipient)
  • Olathe “Grow Our Own” Educator Scholarship Recipient
  • Physics Undergraduate Scholars Award
  • Physics Departmental Scholarship
  • Society of Physics Students General Member
  • May Landis Math Department Scholarship
  • Rollin Sterling Wade Math Department Scholarship
  • Joan Kirkham Math Department Scholarship
  • Robert J. Dole Public Service Scholarship
  • Robert C. Byrd Academic Scholarship
  • Kansas Honor Scholar
  • Kansas ACT Scholar
  • U.S. Presidential Scholar Nominee

How I became interested in my area of study:

Long car rides from Michigan to Florida during my childhood were my parents’ curse, but my delight. They had a painfully insistent daughter in the backseat who refused to stop asking, “Why?” I had 20 straight hours with two knowledgeable adults who did their best to answer my relentless onslaught of questions. Still, no one had truly answered my question, “Why?” It was my high school physics teachers who finally opened up the world of science to me. My first physics class was absolutely enlightening – I had found a subject that actually answers why the world works the way it does. The Universe turned out to be altogether more beautiful and complex than I had imagined. That class even surprised me at times, teaching me that the world does not always follow the rules that I think it should. This experience ignited my passion for science. Of course I chose to major in physics!

An honor, achievement or accomplishment that is most meaningful to me and why:

My experience as president of the KU Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter has been the most meaningful to me as an undergraduate at KU. On an individual level, I logged almost 650 volunteer hours with Habitat that year. The chapter itself had a very successful year; we reached our goal of raising over $10,000 through our signature 5K walk/run and Hire-a-Habitat fundraisers, we gave KU Habitat a real presence on campus, and we led an exciting spring break building trip to Maryville, Tennessee. In short, we were able to make a concrete difference in the lives of people who needed it. The experience helped me realize the incredible enrichment that comes from “going the extra mile” in all areas of my life, especially in leadership and service to others.

Someone who has been a role model for me and why:

Christy Elsner, a choir director of mine in high school, had a significant influence on my life. She taught me to strive to do my best work, to reach past the goals I had set for myself in order to attain a new level of excellence. She'd say, "You've got better things to do than to be average." Her weekly inspirational speeches proved invaluable to sixteen-year-old me, especially at such a trying time in my life. If I could do better, then why wouldn’t I? By raising my standards for myself, I surpassed what I thought was excellent.

My favorite KU memory:

KU basketball in general has given me some pretty awesome memories, but the best would definitely have to be the final KU-Mizzou game last year. Front row, baby!

An important life lesson I have learned:

Do what makes you happy. Don’t waste time living your life for someone else or worrying about what other people will think.

If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know….

Get involved and try new things all the time. It makes your college experience worthwhile and memorable.

A favorite quote or saying and why it is meaningful to me:

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
– John Augustus Shedd

I think life is so much more rewarding when you leave your reservations behind, go out into the world, and try new things. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

And one more…

“When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like "What?!"
– Phil, Modern Family