Research opportunities have allowed me to delve deeper into specific subjects, ask questions, make mistakes, and learn from them.
Research opportunities have allowed me to delve deeper into specific subjects, ask questions, make mistakes, and learn from them. These opportunities culminated when I was able to present my work at the end of the summer. The most rewarding part has been the chance to work with a team of dedicated individuals with various levels of education and experience, and meeting other undergraduate researchers.
As a senior, I am looking into graduate schools in the hopes of continuing my education and research in astronomy and data analysis. I am particularly drawn to how machine learning and numerical modeling can be used in research. This past summer, I worked as a student researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I worked to characterize and age-date nearby and bright stellar candidates that could host Earth-like planets as precursor science for the future Habitable Worlds Observatory. This was done by analyzing the time-series photometry using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).
The funds provided by this scholarship directly address my financial needs, alleviating some of the financial pressure that I currently face. Reducing the financial burden of my studies allows me to focus more on my coursework and research projects.