Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, SUNY Geneseo
You don't have to be the best to do great things.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Teaching Physics & Astronomy at the undergraduate level and doing research in astronomy.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
Astrophysics draw me in there. I was inspired by many physics teachers. The opportunity to do my Ms+Ph.D. with a female astronomer as my advisor played a significant role in securing this academic path.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
I did research in space astronomy at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute surrounded by top world astronomers and space astronomy experts. I never thought I was good enough for that kind of job, not even close.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
Science and logical thinking is so powerful, in every aspects of our lives. I wish I can share this knowledge and way of thinking with as many young minds as I can.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
You don't have to be the best to do great things. You just have to work hard. You'll see, it's fun and fulfilling.
INSPO / FUN FACT