Valerie is a Ph.D. candidate in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She earned her B.S. in physics and astronomy and minor in mathematics from the University of Rochester. Currently, she is conducting research on star and planet formation with colleagues around the world. Valerie is the president of the Rochester Academy of Sciences Astronomy Chapter, runs star shows at the Strasenburgh Planetarium, and participates in astronomy outreach in Rochester, NY. When she is not studying the stars, Valerie enjoys cooking, gardening, and attending hockey games and demolition derbies. Upon degree completion, Valerie hopes to either become a professor, or work for NASA in the field of outreach, with goals of further engaging the public in astronomy and inspiring young people to become scientists.
Valerie in the News
Astronomical Research at the Kitt Peak National Observatory Valerie at the RIT Graduate Research Symposium
Sunrise atop Kitt Peak, AZ. The McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope can be seen on the left.