Email: ie{at}astro{dot}caltech{dot}edu

Office: 253 Cahill

1200 E California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91125
MC 249-17

Phone: (626)-395-6857


Since beginning my studies in astrophysics, I have enjoyed particpating in astronomy and STEM related outreach. I believe that communicating -- and motivating -- our work to the public is an essential part of being a scientist and educator. The exposure to science in a fun, friendly environment can often be the beginning of dreams of a career in the discipline, particularly for children. From the perspective of the scientist, it can be reinvigorating and immensensly rewarding. I began engaging in outreach as an undergraduate at UCSD, where I participated in events through the physics department centered on groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, and my involvement has continued into graduate school.

Recently, most of the outreach I have done has centered on public talks, including talks at Palomar Observatory, the Cahill Center for Astrophysics, and a local pub in Pasadena for Caltech's Astro on Tap series. I have also visited local high schools to talk about applications of coding in astronomy, and have represented Caltech astronomy at an APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics and a physics GRE bootcamp. Over the summer, I also mentor students from Pasadena High School in research projects of my own design. In between these larger events, I help out with stargazing events for the public, open houses at Carnegie and JPL, and many of the outreach opportunities that come my way!