I am gay and I am an experimental physicist.//
My journey into the world of physics started in my hometown, at Humboldt State University. During my time as an undergrad, I worked with Mathematica and Python to model the growth of zinc oxide nanorods along with being a docent for the Schatz Energy Research Center. One of the most important lessons I learned from my undergrad was healthy ways to deal with stress. There was a weekly “Crafternoon” ran by the Society of Women in Mathematics and Sciences. This was a time for students and teachers alike to sit down and show typical gender norms don’t matter, women have a place in science and men can knit. I learned how to knit and found that doing art was my way to balanced the stresses of school, work and family.
After graduating in 2019, I decided to continue working on my masters at San Francisco State University. Currently, I am doing research into magic angle graphene. In the lab I exfoliate various bulk materials into 2D materials, use a transfer stage and raman system to make and identify materials. As of late, for stress relief, I’ve been painting rocks and hiding them around San Francisco, because art is worth sharing.