I received a B.S. in physics and astronomy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While at UMass I studied blue compact dwarf galaxies and the magnetic fields of spiral galaxies, before beginning to work on young binary stars during an REU at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff AZ. After graduating, I worked at Lowell for another six months before moving to Austin for grad school. I recieved my PhD in Astronomy from UT Austin in 2023.
Beyond research, I have been involved in outreach and mentoring within astronomy since undergrad. I was the diversity officer and then the president of the UMass Astronomy Club, and the co-director of the Orchard Hill Observatory, which is a student-run observatory on the UMass campus that opens for the public weekly. I also mentored junior undergraduates. At Texas, I was a near-peer mentor for several undergraduates. In the summer, I ran an Introduction to Astronomy Jargon lecture series for TAURUS and REU students, assisted with an introductory Python workshop run by another graduate student, and was the lead organizer for the summer student professional development workshops. I also co-led the Graduate-Undergraduate Mentoring in Astronomy program. Outside of work, I like hanging out with my two cats, reading escapist sci-fi, finding new things to cook, and doing pretty much any form of exercise except for running.