Emily Rickman

PhD Researcher, Geneva Observatory

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Don't let anyone ever tell you that you're not good enough.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I hunt for planets outside of our solar system by using some of the largest telescopes in the world.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I was always interested in astronomy looking up at the night sky. I got involved in researching exoplanets after spending one year working at the Australian National University and then I knew that I wanted to pursue a PhD.

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

I have discovered planets! As well as recently I was awarded a fellowship by the European Space Agency to continue my research at the Space Telescope Science Institute in the US and I can't believe that a space agency wants to pay me to do science!

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I love learning and discovering new things. Every day is different.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Don't let anyone ever tell you that you're not good enough. Believe in yourself.

INSPO / FUN FACT

“Take pride in how far you've come and have faith in how far you can go.”

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