I received my B.S. in physics and minor in mathematics in 2018 from the University of Oregon
I plan on attending graduate school for aerospace engineering in 2020 to study nuclear electric propulsion, which I believe will be what takes humans to Mars. So far, I have been accepted to the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and the University of Southern California.
One of my biggest passions is human space exploration. While in college, I spent five terms at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA Johnson Space Center in the Astronaut office working on spacecraft propulsion and cockpit display design.
In 2016, I worked in Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. I served as President Obama’s final National Science and Technology Council intern during the last four months of the administration. While I was there, I developed transition documents, oversaw interagency working groups on everything from soil science to space exploration, and organized White House events. I also curated an exhibit on the National Women’s Party.
In addition to the work I did in D.C., I incorporated policy into my senior research project, which assessed the various transportation options to get to Mars and the politics / economics around each one.
My ultimate goal is to become a NASA astronaut.