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, monster truck rallies 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:

RIT graduate students recognized for exemplary research in astrophysics

Mystery of Space Captivates Greece Woman

RIT astrophysicist graduate student named national astronomy ambassador

RIT Graduate Research Symposium

Experiencing the Future: Imagine RIT 2013

RIT Astrophysics Students Explore the Solar System at the Harley School

RIT scientists comment on meteor explosion

Astronomical Research at the Kitt Peak National Observatory

RIT College of Science: Women in Science

Contamination-Resistant Sol-Gel Technology at LLE

 

 


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