# Daniel Smolkin

**Major**: Interdisciplinary Physics, Honors Mathematics

**Year**: 2013

**What are you currently doing?**: PhD in Mathematics at the University of Utah

**How did you decide?**: I wanted to learn more math and I wanted to do research

**How has physics helped you?**: A lot of mathematics (e.g. differential geometry) was motivated by physics and understanding physics helped me understand the math.

**Favorite SPS memory**: Helping with the physics olympiad