My recent work focuses on collaborating with educational researchers to adapt introductory physics curricula and departmental structures to increase the retention of underrepresented students. 

Highlighted activities:

  • Honored to be awarded the MIT School of Science Teaching Prize for Undergraduate Education (2018).

  • Honored to be awarded the MIT Buechner Special Teaching Award (2018).

  • Faculty PI of "Randomized Experiment to Promote Belonging and Retention in Undergraduate Physics" (2017-present).  Studying "affirmative interventions" in introductory physics courses as a means to increase recruitment and retention of women and under-represented students within the physics major and onwards into graduate education. In collaboration with digital course staff and researchers in social psychology. 

  • My essay, "Making Space to Address Equity Issues in Physics Classrooms" was featured in Issue 18 of Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education (Spring 2016). 
  • Giving my opinion on the future of physics at the Philly Sci Fest's 'Science 2066' event (April 2016)
  • Talking 'Dark Matters!' at the Franklin Institute's Night Skies at the Observatory program (December 2015)
  • Highlighted in NPR's #RaceOnTech Series (July 2015)
  • Co-facilitated a Math for America teacher training program entitled, "Particles Colliding: The ATLAS experiment at CERN" (April-May 2015)
  • Delivered the keynote speech at the
    2015 Young Women's Conference in STEM. It was an honor! (March 2015)
  •  Host of 'Particle Fever: A Special Particle Physics Experience for the Public'. Public documentary viewing, "virtual visit" with CERN, and Q&A (March 2015)

  • Ranked by Symmetry Magazine as a top physicist to follow on Twitter (2014)
  • Talking about NuSTAR with the Westport Sky Guys at the Rollick Observatory (2013-2014) 
  • Talking about Dark Matter at Columbia University. TimeOut Magazine even ranked me higher than a burlesque act on their list of things to do that Friday! (2012)
  • Double Discovery Center: The Double Discovery Center is a 7th-12th grade academic program on Columbia University campus, geared toward providing college prep for low-income and first-generation college-bound students. The course "Explorations in Modern Science" presents high school students with lessons based on research pursued by member of the Columbia University community.   A key aspect of this course is to confront students’ pre-conceived notions of where a science education leads by promoting interaction with role models from science backgrounds who have pursued a variety of professions. In this way, the course aims to inspire students to view science education as a viable path toward their future careers and given the resources to pursue this path if they choose. This course is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. 1202958. (2012-2014)
  • First Expand Your Horizons workshop in Geneva, Switzerland. Encouraging girls to pursue STEM fields (2011)