Rucha

PhD candidate University of Illinois at Urbana champaign

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Don't choose another field because you think you don’t fit; you do!

What do you do?

Research new algorithms for fair and efficient allocations of indivisible resources.

Why did you choose this field?

I've taught physics to high school students through my undergrad. I found a love of teaching in the process, and as a result I pursued grad school. The kind of work done in grad school was a revelation. I realized I really wanted to become a professor, hence I am doing my PhD.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I got an all India rank 4 in gate, one of the toughest entrance exams for admission to top schools. If I knew I was going to obtain that, I would have aimed higher when prepping for undergrad positions.

Why do you love working in STEM?

STEM research is fantastic! All answers are in a unified, complete language - math. There is no bias in the world of STEM. All molecules, all puzzles talk and behave in a uniform language. When I wake up, I can't wait to go to work and find more such answers!

Best advice for next generation?

Don't choose another field because you think you don't fit; you do! If you like any branch of STEM, go for it!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"The question isn't who's going to let me, it's who's going to stop me.
Ayn Rand"

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