My dissertation focuses on stellar composition and evolution, specifically as it relates to red giant branch stars in Galactic globular clusters.
I determine abundances through stellar spectroscopy by creating synthetic spectra using the Synthetic Spectrum Generator or MOOG. I've also written additional scripts in Python, C, and Fortran to aid in data reduction and analysis.
Most of my work involves observational astronomy; I have experience with multiple observing programs using the Lick Observatory Shane 3m, the APO 3.5m, and the WIYN 3.5m telescopes.
My responsibilities at IU have included being a teacher's assistant as well as teaching my own introductory astronomy course. I was the instructor of record for an introductory astronomy course about the Solar System (A100: The Solar System). I am interested in the best ways to develop material and engage students in the classroom through hands-on learning.
Astronomy PhD (Anticipated), 2019
Astronomy MA, 2016
B.S in Physics and Astronomy, 2014
Appalachian State University
Graduate Instructor of Record for A100: The Solar System
Indiana University Jan - May 2017
I taught an introductory astronomy class with an enrollment of roughly 30 students as instructor of record. Course title was A100: The Solar System. I focused on teaching through hands-on learning activities, which I helped to develop with another graduate student.
Indiana University Various Semesters
Graded homework, kept office hours, guest lectured, and led student rooftop observing sessions for introductory astronomy courses for undergraduate majors.
Appalachian State University 2012 - 2014
Assisted with Introduction to Astronomy lab courses and an Introduction to Physics course for non-majors.
High Point University 2010 - 2011
I tutored introductory physics and math courses. I was a Level 2 Certified Tutor by the College Reading and Learning Association.