About Me

I am an assistant professor of physics at the University of Georgia. Previously, I was an education data science postdoc at the Center for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan and a physics and computational mathematics, science, and engineering graduate student at Michigan State University. My dissertation research used machine learning to analyze applications to physics graduate programs. I earned my bachelor's degree in physics and astronomy/astrophysics at (The) Ohio State University. I also minored in mathematics and cognitive science.

Outside of my research, I am interested in science communication and teaching. Doing science communication work was never part of "my plan." However, after learning about Astrobites and wishing there was (and then creating) a physics education research version (PERbites), I have become very interested in science communication. Outside of PERbites, I was a AAAS 2021 Mass Media Fellow with The Wichita Eagle.

I've previously been a graduate fellow with the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology at MSU working on the Spartan Studios project. I've also previously designed an introduction to machine learning workshop for undergraduate astronomy researchers through the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educator's Professional Development Program.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy hiking, playing board games, and playing Mario Kart.