Where I study
- I am currently in my second year pursuing my Ph.D. in astronomy at University of Texas (UT) Austin.
- I recently completed a B.S. in physics at University of North Carolina (UNC) Greensboro.
- I also have a B.A. in applied mathematics with a concentration in biochemistry from UNC Asheville.
Where I work
- During the summer of 2020, I worked at the University of Colorado Boulder developing an online astronomy curriculum for Fiske Planetarium and Partnerships for Informal Education in the Community after-school program.
- I previously worked as an adjunct instructor at Wake Tech Community College where I taught a pre-curriculum calculus course.
- One of my favorite roles was being a presenter and navigator for planetarium shows, and host the Science Stage, at UNC Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
- In 2018 I was a high school math teacher at Leesville Rd. High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, where I taught Honors Math II and III.
- I have been a teaching assistant for introductory astronomy and for human anatomy.
- I worked as an executive assistant at Triangle Kids Pediatric Dentistry. I specialized in community outreach and marketing.
What I research
- I conduct physics and astronomy education research.
- My most recent research as a graduate student at UT Austin has been designing and launching a world wide citizen science project called Dark Enery Explorers which classifies millions of galaxies from the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX). As a part of HETDEX I am working to develop the largest map of the universe ever produced and uncover the mystery of Dark Energy through citizen science.
- Want to be a Dark Energy Explorer? Download the Zooniverse app now or click here to make an account!
I recently presented the following posters:
Also at UT Austin, I am a part of a team who is developing curriculum and a pre/post assessment tool to gauge the effectiveness of how climate change is taught at the university level across all disciplines.
- Power of the People: Fueling Big Data Astronmy using Citizen Science
- PERC, July 2021 — See the PDF
- In summer 2019 I partook in a research experience for undergraduates program at University of Colorado Boulder. I performed a research study of my own design in which I created, piloted, evaluated, and compared two interactive activities (a lecture tutorial and whiteboard problems) for teaching stellar occultations to introductory astronomy students within the planetarium.
My work from the summer was presented in this talk:
- Developing and Field Testing Interactive Planetarium Curriculum
- LIPS, August 2019
I presented the following posters:
- Content within introductory astronomy can impact how students feel towards astronomy, themselves, and humanity.
- AAPT, July 2019 — See the PDF
- Can grandeur overcome insecurity? Seeking specific astronomy course experiences that can diminish stereotype threat and enhance students’ self-efficacy.
- AAS, January 2019 — See the PDF
For more, take a look at my full résumé.