Student and Student Coordinator, York University
Science has no limits.
Ariella Kantorowitz Sapers
What do you do?
I am the student coordinator of an observatory with the largest telescope on a Canadian campus. I am also a variable star researcher doing data reduction to produce light curves and I research craters on mars.
Why did you choose this field?
I chose to study astrophysics when I took an elective astronomy class in my first degree. While taking it, I realized I loved the material and wanted to understand how the universe works.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I wish younger me knew it was possible to make an impact in the scientific field, even as a woman undergraduate with no science degree yet.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I look forward to inspiring the next generation of scientist. And I love the "wow" faces I get when I tell people what I do and how it will continue for generations to come.
Best advice for next generation?
Do it. Science has no limits and scientists should be the least judgmental. Pursue your passions because you might have the answers to the universe hidden somewhere in your mind.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“We're the cosmos made conscious.”