Rochester Institute of Technology
- Masters in Astrophysics: Projected Graduation Date - August 2022
- PhD in Astrophysics: Projected Graduation Date - May 2025
West Virginia University: May 2020
- Bachelor of Science in Physics
- Minor in Mathematics
Radio Pulsars, Gravitational Waves, Pulsar Arrays, Machine Learning, High Performance Computing, FPGAs, Radio Telescope Arrays
CLEAN Deconvolution of Pulsar Pulses
CLEAN deconvolution, as outlined in Bhat et. al. 2003 , can be employed to recover both the
intrinsic pulse shape and pulse broadening function of pulsar radio emission as it travels through
the interstellar medium. This work expands upon that done by Bhat et. al. by investigating how the pulse
broadening time, the spectral index of the pulse broadening, the frequency of the observation, and the
physical distance to the pulsar influences the pulse broadening function in an effort to recover the most
accurate intrinsic pulse shape possible. These additions to the CLEAN method will provide valuable insight
into the composition of the ISM along several lines of sight.
Conference for Undergraduate Women in Astronomy (CUWiA):
- Co-founder, lead organizer, and Undergraduate Chair
- Wrote funding and grant proposals for conference and reached out to sponsors, helping to secure $15,000 worth of funding.
- Contacted and booked plenary speakers, including keynote speaker Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, panelists, and workshops.
- Created and launched conference website and designed promotional media, along with exit survey.
- Lead the formation of the first Conference for Undergraduate Women in Astronomy, reaching 60 students from 21 different universities across ten states.
Science Public Outreach Team (SPOT):
Personally reached 1,239 school children across the state of West Virginia with presentations and hands-on activities through classroom visits, STEM festivals, and science fairs.
Presentation topics included star and planet formation, Gravitational Waves, pulsar Astronomy, and clean water practices.
I grew up in the tiny town of Short Gap, West Virginia. We have a Dollar General, and most recently, a stop light. I was a member of the youth organization 4-H for ten years, which I attribute most of my success in my professional career to.
During those ten years, I raised dairy goats, rescued horses, learned to run business meetings, pushed past my fear of public speaking, built robots, and raised meat animals for the county fair.
These skills and experiences opened many doors for me. In highschool, I was a sitting member of the Allegany County Agricultural Extension Board and the county representative to the State 4-H Council.
Moving into college, I was awarded several scholarships on both the county and state level through 4-H, and due to my 4-H public speaking experience, scholarships through the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for national level speaking competitions.
Whether it be the more overarching skills of tenacity and problem solving, the specifically developed skills of leadership and presenting, or the financial ability to pursue a college education, my success as a scientist is due in a large part to my agricultural background.