I am a PhD candidate in the Astronomy Department at Harvard University. I joined their graduate program in 2016 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow. My breadth of expertise ranges from instrumentation for ground-based observatories to magnetic activity of our Sun to exoplanets orbiting other stars. (Astronomers will appreciate the spatial range there: from the Earth to our star to other stars.) I have been conducting this research with Jason Eastman (for instrumentation and exoplanets) and John Raymond (for solar physics) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).
I think public outreach inside and outside of academia is important. At the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, I enjoy teaching people of all ages about my science. As a graduate student, I mentor summer interns that come from all across the country to participate in the various astronomy internships at the CfA. I like to speak at middle schools and high schools to explain the celestial phenomena that astronomers like me study for a living. I am most passionate about mentoring students (ranging from middle school to graduate school) because mentorships are the primary reason why I have developed into the scientist I am today.