Avondale, Pennsylvania, United States
Marcus Forst, from Avondale, Pennsylvania, is pursuing a PhD in applied physics at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. He graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in physics. Marcus aspires to design and build the next generation of microscopes and tools for solving medical problems. In 2020, he worked with collaborators at the Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub to build an open source microscope that can determine if people have antibodies to COVID-19. He studied novel electronic materials as a Diamond Research Scholar at Temple and interned at Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany. For this work, he was named Temple University’s first Barry Goldwater Scholar. At Temple, he was president of the physics club, created a peer recitation program within the Physics Department, was an ambassador for the honors program, and managed the Temple men’s basketball team. He was principal trombone in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra after being named to the Pennsylvania All-State Orchestra.