The thing that really sets Siena apart is the student/faculty relationship. During my four years in the physics department, I rarely encountered a closed door, didn't have to schedule appointments in advance, knew pretty much every professor in the department by the end of my freshmen year, and spent well into the triple digits worth of hours in airports/planes/vans with faculty members. This has given me a level of comfort and confidence in talking to faculty members that I do not see in many of my peers from other institutions.
Her Siena Journey
Starts PhD program in Planetary Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Senior Summer- Coding
Works as paid research assistant (more money!) w/Dr. Finn.
Helps supervise other siena summer students; writes python code to fit model data.
Senior Year- Thesis
Senior thesis: characterizes the star-formation properties of galaxies in the nearby and distant universe.
Attends workshop at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
Accepted into graduate school at MIT.
Graduates with double major in physics and astronomy.
Junior Summer- Arizona
Selected to participate Research Experience for Undergraduates program
at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Works on project related to detecting near-earth asteroids -
objects that could potentially collide with the earth - and loves it!
Junior Year- Independent Research
Takes observational astronomy course and installs and tests a new spectrograph.
Obtains a beautiful spectrum of the moon
(which, incidentally, looks just like a spectrum of the sun b/c the moon shines by reflecting sunlight)
Goes to Puerto Rico with Observational Astronomy class to observe at the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope.
Applies for summer research positions at other universities
Sophomore Summer- Analysis
Research job with Rose Finn - analyzed images of over 1500 galaxies!
Sophomore Year- Chile
Switches from physics education to physics.
Attends Astronomy Camp for Educators outside Tucson, Arizona.
Attends a workshop on radio astronomy at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
Travels to Chile to observe with Dr. Finn.
Runs astronomy classes for local girl scout troops.
Freshman Summer- Galaxies
Research job with Rose Finn working on the Local Cluster Survey.
Classifies the morphologies of galaxies and learns to program in matlab and python.
Freshman Year- Siena
Starts at Siena
Decides to come to Siena;
Wants to get a dual certification to teach secondary math and physics.
Awarded a Tech Valley Scholarship at Siena.