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Emily Deibert

PhD Student, Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto

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Never feel like it’s “too late” to pursue something you’re interested in.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I study the atmospheres of exoplanets, which are planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. I do this by analyzing data from telescopes around the world.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I got into astronomy after taking an introductory astronomy course in my first year of university. I hadn’t learned much about astronomy before then but I found it so interesting that I decided to switch majors and pursue astronomy as a career!

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

I’m proud of leading scientific research with collaborators from across the globe! Astronomy is a really collaborative field and I never realized how far it would take me.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I love getting to collaborate with so many people, and visiting telescopes and other institutes around the world.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

I would say that you should never be afraid to try something new, and never feel like it’s “too late” to pursue something you’re interested in. I didn’t finish physics in high school but now I’m on my way to earning a PhD in astrophysics!

INSPO / FUN FACT

“Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”