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16-year-old studying nuclear physics at MSU

ORIENTAL LANSING, CT – Nuclear physics students at Michigan State University have a 16-year-old monster on their hands. Her name is Maya Wallach.

“I know a lot of people call her a monster. I just call her Maya,” said Kenya Wallach, Maya’s mother. “My baby is just.”

Maya Wallach is a 16-year-old girl from Virginia. His love of learning about infant dinosaurs later led to his interest in computer programming, now physics.

Wallach said he chose to attend MSU for two reasons.

“Nuclear physics offered the best idea,” he said, “and the second time I met Dr. Paul, a professor who worked here. And he convinced me to come here.

“I got a call from some of my colleagues at another faculty institution in the summer of 2020. I met Maya at a conference. I believe in Black Conference Engine. They wanted me to talk to their parents. do

Gueye began working with Maya at the age of 15.

“After about a few weeks, I realized that he was a unique student. He was able to solve some of the problems that, usually in the second year, make physical coaching big,” she said.

Wallach said what he finds interesting about physicists is that “I guess that just teaches me more about the world around me.”

Her parents, Kenya and Adam Wallach, are both educators. He taught Maya how to learn and think about herself.

When Maya and her siblings reached third grade, she encouraged them to find answers to their questions.

“I think it made me want to learn more independently,” Wallach said.

Maya is busy juggling student work, research, and internships at the Facility for Isotope Beams Rare and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“I’m very proud of what I’ve done so far,” her mother said. “He mentioned that he had a better goal than me…”

Wallach’s advice to young women interested in this research is to “go for it” because there’s never been a better time.

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