I have found interest in astronomy ever since I read a book called, The Universe by Seymour Simon. That is where my love for science began.
My name is Destiny Howell and I am honored to be the recipient of the TEAM-UP Scholarship. I am a senior at Hunter College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in physics with a present GPA of 3.3. I am on Hunter College Academic Honors called the Jenny Hunter Scholar due to having a 3.5 GPA from Beacon High School. I receive this scholarship every semester for this academic achievement. I have found interest in astronomy ever since I read a book called The Universe by Seymour Simon. That is where my love for science began. While attending school, I have been involved with AstroCom, AstroCom is an astrophysics program that gives minority students from throughout the CUNY school system the opportunity to read scientific research papers, visit labs, attend lectures, and run experiments. Because of AstroCom, I was able to gain research experiences at the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute. Over the past two summers, I worked with scientists on research about gravitational waves and binary black holes. Currently, my goal is to graduate from Hunter College with a Bachelor’s in physics and then attend an excellent Ph.D tracking program for astrophysics. Once I earn a Ph.D, I hope to work in the space industry. The TEAM-UP Scholarships means so much to me because I am able to attend Hunter College and I am so much closer to reaching my goals.