- Ph.D. in Astrophysics
- Newport News, VA
Where did you complete your Undergraduate Studies?
- North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
What degree are you working toward?
- I am working towards a PhD in Astrophysics with hopeful aspirations to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Other Disciplines Exam after my PhD for professional engineering certification.
Why did you choose graduate school at IU Bloomington?
- I chose graduate school at IU Bloomington because of the summer research experiences I had with the STEM Summer Scholars Institute Program. Working with great faculty, meeting great people and later that fall, the Getting You Into IU (GU2IU) program, convinced me that IU Bloomington is where I should attend to work towards my PhD.
What's been your favorite academic accomplishment since you've been here?
- I attended a research conference entitled the Conference for African American Researchers in Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS) and presented a project I did in my Mathematical Biology course on HIV. I won an award for best presentation style and made some great connections. A few professors told me I should keep working in that field because I had a lot of interesting approaches to looking at socioeconomic factors, mathematically, trying to model HIV spread. It was a humbling experience and really awesome to be around so many black mathematicians and scientists.
What do you enjoy most about life in Bloomington?
- I really enjoy the community that we've built amongst a number of graduate students. We work hard but are able to help each other with things from hair care to moving and travel. I love how nearly instantly, though we are in different fields, the community of students I've been around can assemble and support one another and help each other. Bonus: Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde is an absolute gem! She has helped me so much in regards to my growth as a person and a student. She really is such a life force in the community here and someone everyone should get to know! "