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Journeys of Scientists

Journeys of Scientists

By MSU WaMPS

This podcast is created by WaMPS (Women and Minorities in the Physical Sciences), a graduate student organization at Michigan State University. These are informal conversations with graduate students to learn about the journeys that brought them to where they are today.

For updates on other WaMPS events, follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can direct message us at either of those sites if you would like to reach out to us.
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Episode 52 - Bianca Serda

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Episode 90 - Keontré Immanuel Hughes
Episode 90 - Keontré Immanuel Hughes
My name is Keontré  (key-on-tray) and I am a second year dual phd student in physics and quantitative biology with a concentration in molecular biophysics. Big words aside, I was initially a physics major at Colgate university in Hamilton, New York. Before that I lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana and I was raised even before that in Huntsville, Alabama. My dad played football for the Spartans in the early 90s under George Perles, and stories from my childhood are what stoked both my love for athletics (I ran track d1 and played baseball at Colgate) and my love for MSU! I also have 6 siblings (Tim 32, Kayla, 30, Emery 28, Octavius 14, Lucia  13, and September 12) To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
43:32
October 21, 2022
Episode 89 - Georgia Votta
Episode 89 - Georgia Votta
Georgia is a second year PhD student studying experimental nuclear physics. Her research focuses on investigating the properties of nuclei beyond the neutron dripline. In her free time, Georgia enjoys  exercising, spending time outdoors, and playing the trumpet! To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or   recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can   email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
25:24
September 21, 2022
Episode 88 - Nicole Hayes
Episode 88 - Nicole Hayes
Nicole is a fourth-year PhD student in applied mathematics at MSU. Her research interests lie in machine learning, particularly with applications in biology. She also has a background in mathematics  education and is passionate about teaching and mentoring students. In her free time, Nicole enjoys cooking, trivia, and swimming. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or  recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can  email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
26:13
August 31, 2022
Episode 87 - Rachel Roca
Episode 87 - Rachel Roca
Rachel is a second year PhD student in Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering studying topological data analysis and computational education with emphasis on social good. Outside of her research, Rachel enjoys working on DEI and STEM outreach, reading, swing dancing, relaxing by the lake, traveling, and spending time with loved ones. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
22:35
August 24, 2022
Episode 86 - Amelia Doetsch
Episode 86 - Amelia Doetsch
Amelia is going into her second year pursuing a PhD in experimental  nuclear physics at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at MSU. Her research is focused on the radioactive decay of rare, unstable nuclides. Outside of work, her interests include her two cats, vegan cooking, and nature hikes.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend  someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email   WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
26:30
August 17, 2022
Episode 85 - Jessica Mencia
Episode 85 - Jessica Mencia
Jessica J. Mencia (she/her/ella) is a PhD student at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in Public Policy and double minors in Latinx Studies and Women and Gender Studies. Jessica currently researches abortion accessibility and sexual-risk taking for young women and non-binary youth. She identifies as Honduran-American, queer, and manatee enthusiast.   4theRecord: https://www.4trecord.com/    NY Birth Control Access Project: h    ttps://nybcap.org/ National Network of Abortion Funds: https://abortionfunds.org/   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email  WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
33:32
August 10, 2022
Episode 84 - Sarah Castle
Episode 84 - Sarah Castle
Sarah is a Mathematics Education PhD candidate and Mathematics Masters student who is studying the impact of computation on undergraduate students' mathematical creativity and understanding. Outside of her research, Sarah loves to craft, spend time with her husband and cats, as well as go camping. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
24:38
July 27, 2022
Episode 83 - Emily Bolger
Episode 83 - Emily Bolger
Emily  is going into her third year as a PhD student in the Computational  Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (CMSE) Department working in computational education research. Outside of research, she enjoys  participating in STEM outreach opportunities, crocheting, and reading. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend  someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email  WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
18:27
July 20, 2022
Episode 82 - Aubree Marshall
Episode 82 - Aubree Marshall
Aubree is going into her third year in the Anthropology program at Michigan State University. With a focus in bioarchaeology, she is interested in the relationship between diet and social identity in the  ancient Maya and how this relationship changes over time. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
19:14
June 29, 2022
Episode 81 - Samara Chamoun
Episode 81 - Samara Chamoun
Samara is a third year PhD candidate in the department of Mathematics at  MSU with a specialization in Control Theory. Being an international  student from Lebanon, Samara has strong commitment to DEI. She has  strong passion for leadership and enjoy working with students that are  struggling academically. In her free time, Samara enjoys reading, writing, and visiting new places! To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend  someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email   WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
23:11
June 22, 2022
Episode 80 - Carolyn Graham
Episode 80 - Carolyn Graham
Carolyn is a second year PhD candidate in the plant biology and ecology, evolution, and behavior programs, studying the evolution of defense  traits in the wild grape genus Vitis. Outside of her research, she loves to participate in public outreach about bat conservation and indulge her many nerdy hobbies. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email  WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
23:00
June 15, 2022
Episode 79 - Alyssa Saunders
Episode 79 - Alyssa Saunders
Alyssa is a PhD student in the Integrative Biology Department and  Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (EEB) Program who studies the  reproduction of Mormyrid electric fishes from Africa (which are the only known vertebrates that have sperm without tails!). Outside of research  she is passionate about engagement in science outreach. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend  someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS   outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
26:42
June 08, 2022
Episode 78 - Gissell Sanchez
Episode 78 - Gissell Sanchez
Gissell is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate studying Pharmacology at the University of Michigan.   She is interested in the field of neuropharmacology, especially addiction research. Gissell is currently investigating opioid signaling pathways that increase the pain-relieving effects of opioids  such as morphine without increasing adverse side effects. Gissell is Mexican-American from California, and her identity has inspired her to be involved in community outreach with groups that support DEI in academia and minority advancement in science.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS  outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
40:27
June 01, 2022
Episode 77 - Danika Van Niel
Episode 77 - Danika Van Niel
Danika is a fourth year math PhD student studying equivariant homotopy theory. Danika enjoys spending time with her friends, family and two  rabbits Mimi and Moomoo in her free time. Check out her website: https://www.danikavanniel.com/home To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS  outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
30:39
May 25, 2022
Episode 76 - Ursula Abou-Rjeileh
Episode 76 - Ursula Abou-Rjeileh
Ursula is a second year PhD student in the comparative medicine and integrative biology program. Her research focuses on understanding oleic acid's effect on adipose tissue metabolism in early postpartum dairy cows. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone  to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS  outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
25:51
May 18, 2022
Episode 75 - Emily Liljestrand
Episode 75 - Emily Liljestrand
Emily is a Fisheries and Wildlife PhD candidate studying the statistics  underpinning stock assessment models. Her work aims to find the best  techniques to accurately and precisely estimate fish  population abundances using fishery data.   Check out the MSU Falcon Cam: https://youtu.be/xZxtVFoW9ts   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
43:59
May 11, 2022
Episode 74 - Marzieh Ghiasi
Episode 74 - Marzieh Ghiasi
Marzieh Ghiasi MSc (@marziehg) is an MD/PhD epidemiology trainee at Michigan State University studying clustering techniques and genetic epidemiology in chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis. Her background in research is in airborne infectious disease transmission and environmental health.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
38:01
May 04, 2022
Episode 73 - Isabela Lima Borges
Episode 73 - Isabela Lima Borges
Isabela is a PhD student in the department of Integrative Biology at MSU. She studies how small and fragmented natural populations persist and interact with their environments.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu    If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
26:19
April 27, 2022
Episode 72 - Madison Howard
Episode 72 - Madison Howard
Madison is a 2nd year PhD student studying experimental accelerator physics, with a focus on beam diagnostics. In her free time, Madison enjoys reading, baking, and being a cat mom to her two cats, Hannibal and Frannie.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
20:26
April 20, 2022
Episode 71 - Maria Kloboves
Episode 71 - Maria Kloboves
Maria (she/her) is a first year PhD student studying Human Nutrition and Environmental Toxicology, where she is investigating the potential endocrine  disrupting effects of maternal obesity and how it may impact offspring  reproductive biomarkers and development. She is also actively involved in her department, where she is the Secretary for the Food Science and Human Nutrition Graduate Student Association (FSHN GSA) and the FSHN Representative on the Council of Graduate Students.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
35:24
April 13, 2022
Episode 70 - Carmen-Maria Garcia
Episode 70 - Carmen-Maria Garcia
Carmen graduated from Florida Atlantic University’s Honors College in 2019 with a double major in Biology and Molecular Neuroscience. She began veterinary school the following Fall and officially joined Dr. Adam Moeser’s lab in January 2022. Her research primarily focuses on the role of androgens and the effects of neonatal castration on functional development of the gastrointestinal immune system. In her free time Carmen enjoys cooking, going to the gym, and flying down to visit family in Florida.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
33:20
April 06, 2022
Episode 69 - Erin Kramer
Episode 69 - Erin Kramer
Erin is a Master's of Social Work (Organization and Community Leadership  Focus) and M.S. in Global Health Candidate whose interests revolve  around program development and promotion of holistic wellness. Erin has  strong interest in community engagement, leadership development, and the intersectionality of social development and health. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys  of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
23:09
March 30, 2022
Episode 68 - Sara Hugentobler
Episode 68 - Sara Hugentobler
Sara is currently a PhD candidate in the Integrative Biology department, also working towards a dual degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior as well as a specialization in Environmental Science and Public Policy. Her work mostly focuses on how anthropogenic change affects patterns of genetic diversity in Chinook Salmon. She currently serves as the President of the Council of Graduate Students.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
28:40
March 23, 2022
Episode 67 - Osama Alian
Episode 67 - Osama Alian
Osama is a microbiology and molecular genetics PhD candidate studying microbes living in deep ocean hydrothermal systems and trying to understand what they can tell us about life beyond earth. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
31:25
March 16, 2022
Episode 66 - Toni Gordon
Episode 66 - Toni Gordon
Antonia “Toni”  Gordon is an Army Veteran and Political Science PhD student. Her  research interests include Public Policy with an emphasis on education policy reform. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions,   or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys   of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan   at stanl142@msu.edu
31:49
March 09, 2022
Episode 65 - Samantha Ziomek
Episode 65 - Samantha Ziomek
Samantha is a DVM candidate in the College of Veterinary Medicine  pursuing small and exotic companion animal medicine, she's passionate  about client education and cultivating positive workplace culture. She  also enjoys the outdoors, weight lifting, singing in the MSU Choral Union, and spoiling her cats Chai and Banshee. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions,  or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys  of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan  at stanl142@msu.edu
26:46
March 02, 2022
Episode 64 - Macy Pell
Episode 64 - Macy Pell
Macy is a PhD candidate in Dr. Shannon Manning's lab in the department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics. Macy studies the genomic  diversity and stress-tolerance mechanisms of persistent Group B Streptococcus infections during pregnancy. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
25:36
February 23, 2022
Episode 63 - Rachael Pyram
Episode 63 - Rachael Pyram
Rachael Pyram is a second-year doctoral student in Organizational Psychology at Michigan State University studying (a) group dynamics at work and (b)  the future of work, specifically as it applies to the intersection of technology and DEI. When she's not tied to her laptop, Rachael enjoys reading, embroidering, and experimenting in the kitchen. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys  of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
22:43
February 16, 2022
Episode 62 - Zoe Hansen
Episode 62 - Zoe Hansen
Zoe is a PhD candidate in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program at MSU. Her  research explores how foodborne infection impacts the human gut microbiome, and she is especially interested in potential consequences related to the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Zoe is also the president of Graduate Women in Science Mid-Michigan, an organization dedicated to advocating for women in STEM spaces. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
30:03
February 09, 2022
Episode 61 - Arianna Troia
Episode 61 - Arianna Troia
Arianna is a first year veterinary student at MSU college of veterinary medicine. She is interested in pursuing a career in small animal medicine. Her hobbies include practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, going to the gym, and doing jigsaw puzzles. You can follow her on Instagram: @veterin.ari To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at  stanl142@msu.edu
27:32
February 02, 2022
Episode 60 - Grace Tukurah
Episode 60 - Grace Tukurah
Grace (she/her) is a former high school Chemistry teacher and currently a PhD student in teacher education and education policy, with research  interests in alternative science epistemologies and justice in science education and policy. She is an international student from Nigeria and resides in East Lansing with her husband and two teenage daughters.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
29:31
December 29, 2021
Episode 59 - Erin White
Episode 59 - Erin White
Erin is an NSF GRFP recipient and a 4th year PhD candidate in Nuclear Astrophysics developing a single atom microscope to measure rare, low-yield nuclear reactions to aid in determining the origin of the elements that make up the universe. She also is a tour guide for the Facility of Rare Isotope Beams on campus and a member of the lab's outreach committee. Her hobbies include playing with and teaching tricks to her puppy, traveling, hiking, DIY projects, and creating artwork.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
33:41
December 22, 2021
Episode 58 - Kandace Griffin
Episode 58 - Kandace Griffin
Kandace is a PhD student investigating how migrating sea lamprey use habitat features and chemical cues to avoid predators when moving through rivers. This information will allow us to create novel invasive species control methods based on manipulating and exploiting these movement tendencies.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
38:36
December 15, 2021
Episode 57 - Hazel Anderson
Episode 57 - Hazel Anderson
Hazel is a 1st year Ph.D. student in Integrative Biology and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior researching large spatial patterns of plant  biodiversity to improve conservation. She is also passionate about science communication/engagement and is the Assistant Coordinator for the MSU Science Festival, Communications Coordinator for Conservation Corridor, Science Policy Chair of MSU SciComm, and runs the MSU Covid Campus Coalition Instagram account.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
34:24
December 08, 2021
Episode 56 - Laurisa Ankley
Episode 56 - Laurisa Ankley
Laurisa is a 4th year PhD candidate in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics researching the genetic regulation of IFNg-dependent MHCII expression on macrophages. She is also the founder and current director of the MSU Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team (GRIT), a graduate student group focused on equitable recruitment and  retention of historically excluded people in STEM. Her hobbies include kayaking, sitting around a bonfire, and board game nights with her family.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
27:47
December 01, 2021
Episode 55 - Julie Jarvey
Episode 55 - Julie Jarvey
Julie is a PhD candidate in Integrative Biology and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Her research focuses on how livestock grazing practices influence  spotted hyena foraging behavior and landscape ecology in the Maasai Mara, Kenya. In her free time, Julie enjoys playing the banjo,  gardening, doing improv, and spending time with her partner and dogs. She is also am a co-organizer for Biology on Tap Lansing and a member of the Women in Nature Network. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions,  or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys   of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at  stanl142@msu.edu
32:00
November 10, 2021
Episode 54 - Tracy Edwards
Episode 54 - Tracy Edwards
Tracy is a 2nd year nuclear physics and radiochemistry PhD student. Her research is focused on harvesting isotopes for the purpose  of medical applications. In her free time, Tracy enjoys binge watching crime shows, learning how to cook from YouTube videos and being a cat mom to Lilo and Stitch!   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys  of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
28:02
November 03, 2021
Episode 53 - Amanda Witwer
Episode 53 - Amanda Witwer
Amanda is a 1st year PhD student in the School of Criminal Justice. Her research interests include intimate partner violence (IPV), technology-facilitated abuse, and court policy and technology. In her free time, she collects houseplants, goes biking on local trails, and learns new recipes.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys  of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
32:29
October 27, 2021
Episode 52 - Bianca Serda
Episode 52 - Bianca Serda
Bianca graduated from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Bianca is originally from San Jose, California, and also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from San Jose State University. As an undergraduate at UNM, Bianca was an NIH Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholar and NSF Louis Stokes New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (NM  AMP) Scholar. Bianca's undergraduate research project focused on  understanding plants' growth development, anatomical, and photosynthetic  rates, Arabidopsis thaliana, in a microgravity environment, in Dr. David Hanson's laboratory. During her undergraduate degree at UNM, she did an  internship in the Space Life Science Training Program at NASA Ames  Research Center. Bianca is now a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Molecular Plant Sciences program. She is now a member of Dr. Thomas Sharkey's laboratory, where she studies the mechanism of the protective role of isoprene against ozone stress. In her free time, she is involved in the BMB Outreach program, Co-Outreach coordinator for MSU AMPSS, BMB Graduate Student DEI Representative, and on the Student Board for the American Society of Gravitational and Space Research.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions,  or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
36:04
October 20, 2021
Episode 51 - Samridhi Satija
Episode 51 - Samridhi Satija
Samridhi is a 3rd year Chemistry PhD candidate focusing on harvesting radionuclides from heavy-ion beam irradiated refractory metals. My  hobbies include cooking Indian delicacies and binge-watching The Office. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
28:12
October 13, 2021
Episode 50 - Sarah Tymochko
Episode 50 - Sarah Tymochko
Sarah is a 5th year PhD student in the department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering. Her research interests include applied and computational topology, time series analysis, and machine learning. Outside of math, she spends most of her time playing with her dog, Bella.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
31:15
October 06, 2021
Episode 49 - Jane Kim
Episode 49 - Jane Kim
Jane is a 4th year PhD candidate studying nuclear many-body problems and ways machine learning can improve existing computational methods. On her free time, she likes to hike and crochet. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of  Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at  stanl142@msu.edu
32:36
September 29, 2021
Episode 48 - Karina Martirosova
Episode 48 - Karina Martirosova
Karina is a 3rd year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Physics. She works at FRIB on applying bayesian analysis and modeling to heavy-ion  collision research to gain a better understanding of quark-gluon plasma properties. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
32:45
September 22, 2021
Episode 47 - Sarah McGuire
Episode 47 - Sarah McGuire
Sarah is a 3rd year PhD student in the department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (CMSE). Her current research  interests involve applied topology and machine learning applications for graph structured data. Her non-math interests include running, crocheting, and doing jigsaw puzzles. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
29:14
September 15, 2021
Episode 46 - Olivia Utley
Episode 46 - Olivia Utley
Olivia is a 5th year PhD candidate studying predator effects on prey behavior in agroecosystems. She is currently working with American Kestrels  (North America’s smallest falcon) in Michigan cherry crops.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
37:59
September 08, 2021
Episode 45 - Erik Amézquita
Episode 45 - Erik Amézquita
Erik is a PhD candidate in Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (CMSE). His research focuses on bridging mathematics, x-rays, and plant biology. Raised in Guatemala, college-educated in Mexico, he moves north one country at a time. Whenever he is not cursing at his own non-working code, he enjoys cycling year-round throughout mid-Michigan. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions,  or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of  Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at  stanl142@msu.edu
38:06
September 01, 2021
Episode 44 - Jen Fry
Episode 44 - Jen Fry
Jen Fry is a PhD student in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at MSU. "The purpose of my research is to use the experiences of current and former Black female volleyball players who have played internationally to inform coaches, agents, parents, and staff who support pre-professional Black female volleyball players, and the Black female volleyball players themselves, who are currently playing collegiate volleyball and considering playing professionally on the experiences they are likely to have overseas. I will be situating my area of expertise within geography as it allows me to think boldly about how the intersection of race, gender, sport, and geography affects the experiences of Black female athletes, both domestically and internationally." In addition, she runs JenFryTalks, LLC, which is a social justice education firm that uses conversation to educate and empower those within athletics through an anti-racist lens on issues of race, inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, and equity. Learn more at https://www.jenfrytalks.com/   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
44:21
August 25, 2021
Episode 43 - Chloe Lewis
Episode 43 - Chloe Lewis
Chloe Lewis is a 4th year graduate student pursing a PhD in mathematics and a master’s degree in mathematics education. Her mathematical research focus is on algebraic topology where she studies spectral sequences for Real topological Hochschild homology. Her mathematics education research interests lie in quantitative literacy courses and the way that students think about quantitative arguments in news media. Chloe is a member of the MSU chapters of the Association for Women in Mathematics (@msu_awm) and Graduate Women in Science (@gwismidmi), and is the treasurer of the GEU, the labor union for graduate teaching assistants at Michigan State. She enjoys baking, especially cookies, and is a devoted NYT crossword solver! To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions,  or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of  Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at   stanl142@msu.edu
38:52
August 18, 2021
Episode 42 - Yoani Herrera
Episode 42 - Yoani Herrera
Yoani is a Neuroscience PhD student at the University of Michigan's Medical School. She got her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from UMich, and is now studying synaptic and network mechanisms used by neural circuits in the auditory system for encoding sound and speech for her graduate studies.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at  stanl142@msu.edu
35:06
August 11, 2021
Episode 41 - Andrés Galindo Olarte
Episode 41 - Andrés Galindo Olarte
Andrés is an incoming 4th year PhD student in the Department of Mathematics. His research broadly consist in how to best numerically approximate solutions for Partial Differential Equations that appear in Mathematical-Physics. He investigates both theory and computational algorithms.   He is also an international student coming from Colombia and the president of Comunidad Latinoamericana at MSU (CLA), CLA is a student organization that promotes culture and community for international students from across Latin America. (@comunidadmsu on Facebook and Instagram, and the website is https://comunidadmsu.wixsite.com/comunidad-msu)   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
33:29
August 04, 2021
Episode 40 - Artemis Tsantiri (she/her)
Episode 40 - Artemis Tsantiri (she/her)
Artemis is responsible for updating the WaMPS website and keeping track of the email list for WaMPS, so she is the one to blame for any mistakes on this website :) She likes puzzles, biking and she loves her music. She is a second-year grad student in experimental low energy nuclear astrophysics, who focuses on a small group of proton-rich nuclei created through the p-process.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
41:26
July 28, 2021
Episode 39 - Katlyn Hettinger
Episode 39 - Katlyn Hettinger
Katlyn Hettinger is a rising 5th year PhD student in the Department of Economics broadly studying health economics. Her research interests  include the effects of Medicaid expansion on maternal health outcomes, and the effects of high-deductible health insurance on spending patterns.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of  Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at  stanl142@msu.edu
31:26
July 21, 2021
Episode 38 - Anna Haber
Episode 38 - Anna Haber
Anna is a Ph.D. student in Horticulture studying plant abiotic stress response using computational genomics approaches. She is a first-generation student and alum of the McNair Scholars Program at the University of New Hampshire. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
32:44
July 14, 2021
Episode 37 - Dasmen Richards
Episode 37 - Dasmen Richards
Dasmen Richards is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the K-12 Educational Administration Program at Michigan State University. Her general research interests are around Black girls and their positioning as learners within the classroom. Fun fact: she has traveled to every state on the east coast except for Connecticut and New Hampshire.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
46:16
July 07, 2021
Episode 36 - Camille Mikolas
Episode 36 - Camille Mikolas
Camille is finishing up her second year as a PhD student in condensed matter physics researching hybrid quantum systems; particularly, transmon qubits and electrons on superfluid helium as a possible qubit platform. Beyond this, she enjoys knitting and hopping between the states of Michigan, Utah, and California as regularly as possible.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
37:52
June 30, 2021
Episode 35 - Aubrey Lokey
Episode 35 - Aubrey Lokey
Aubrey is an accelerator physics PhD student studying beam diagnostics and instrumentation. Outside of research, she is an artist and electronics hobbyist.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
49:04
June 23, 2021
Episode 34 - Melinda Meiring
Episode 34 - Melinda Meiring
Melinda Meiring is a third year Neuroscience PhD student studying how brain structure impacts brain health and cognition across the lifespan. She also serves as the recording secretary on the executive board for the Council of Graduate Students.   To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu   If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
36:30
June 16, 2021
Episode 33 - Gabbie Baillargeon
Episode 33 - Gabbie Baillargeon
Gabbie is a Fisheries and Wildlife masters student in the Quantitative  Fisheries Center researching predator-prey dynamics in Lake Huron. She is also a 2021-22 Fenske ‘Excellence in Fisheries Management’ Fellow where she will be working with MDNR to develop an updated lake whitefish stock assessment, a species that is currently declining across the Great Lakes. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
37:44
June 09, 2021
Episode 32 - Adrienne Bonar
Episode 32 - Adrienne Bonar
Adrienne Bonar is a 2nd year Social Psychology PhD student at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. She studies how the body, brain, and life experiences shape the experience of emotion. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu Thank you to Michael Palomares for audio assistance! Your support is much appreciated.
37:34
June 02, 2021
Episode 31 - Lili Gloe
Episode 31 - Lili Gloe
Lili is a 5th year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Michigan State University. She researches anxiety and self-regulation in youth and young adults from a psychological and neuroscientific perspective. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu Thank you to Michael Palomares for audio assistance! Your support is much appreciated.
49:15
May 26, 2021
Episode 30 - Diondra Straiton
Episode 30 - Diondra Straiton
Diondra Straiton (she/her) is a rising 5th year student in the clinical science program in the psychology department at MSU. She studies methods to improve the implementation of evidence-based practices for autistic children in community settings, with an emphasis on lower-resourced settings. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions,    or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu Thank you to Michael Palomares for audio assistance! Your support is much appreciated.
37:31
May 19, 2021
Episode 29 - Jessica Crawford
Episode 29 - Jessica Crawford
Jessica  Crawford is a recently graduated master's student in the Department of  Community Sustainability at MSU. Her thesis focused on the social  acceptance of renewable energy siting in Michigan. Additionally, she has  done community-engaged research with the City of East Lansing on enhancing local resource recovery initiatives.  When she's not studying decarbonization practices, she can be found  spending time with her beloved cat Pumpkin. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu Thank you to Michael Palomares for providing new theme music for the podcast! Your support is much appreciated.
46:38
May 12, 2021
Episode 28 - Sydni Golfin
Episode 28 - Sydni Golfin
Sydni is an incoming 3rd year medical student at MSUCOM currently studying for her Level 1/Step 1 board exams. She will begin her rotations at Garden City Hospital later this summer with interests in women's health and community medicine. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu Thank you to Michael Palomares for providing new theme music for the podcast! Your support is much appreciated.
47:09
April 21, 2021
Episode 27 - Jillian Sterman
Episode 27 - Jillian Sterman
Currently Jillian Sterman is in her 1st year of her Master's degree at MSU in the department of Fisheries and Wildlife; her thesis focuses on the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, their road ecology and population dynamics in Michigan. She tracks individual rattlesnake's movement, estimates their space use and home range to determine if they occupy highway right-of-ways, and monitors their responses to road maintenance activities in highway rights-of-way.  Additionally we're collecting vegetation information to determine probability of massasauga occupancy in an area based on the  vegetation cover. She's working towards a career in natural resource management and conservation of federally listed species, which will  allow her to work with an amazing variety of wildlife and she'll undoubtedly be learning something new every day. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions,   or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists,   you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu Thank you to Michael Palomares for providing new theme music for the podcast! Your support is much appreciated.
46:22
April 14, 2021
Episode 26 - Lauren Koenig
Episode 26 - Lauren Koenig
Lauren Koenig's research investigates animal behavior and adaptive traits. I also freelance as a science journalist and promote science communication and  diversity in STEM as Editor-in-Chief of the Scientista foundation: http://www.scientistafoundation.com/ As part of the MSU Science Festival, WaMPS will be doing a public presentation on the science of sports. Bryan will be moderating the presentation while we hear from physics grad student Jacob Watkins, osteopathic medical student Megan Carrillo who has appeared on the podcast, physics grad student Paul Hamerski, aka Tall Paul, and physics grad student John Wieland. These speakers will be presenting on the science behind frisbee, sport injury prevention, javelin, and ice skating. That will be taking place on Saturday, April 10, at 1:30 pm eastern and can be viewed at https://msu.zoom.us/j/96043743031 After that presentation, on April 10, at 3:30pm ET, Bryan will be joining the Sci-Files podcast panel with other awesome podcast hosts. That can be viewed at https://msu.zoom.us/j/98991180106 At 4pm ET, friend of the show Jessie Micallef will be a part of the Neutrinos in your home presentation, which can be viewed at https://msu.zoom.us/j/93075027276 For the rest of April, the MSU Science Festival will be host many other awesome public events. More information and schedules for all of those can be found at https://sciencefestival.msu.edu/ To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions,  or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists,  you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu Thank you to Michael Palomares for providing new theme music for the podcast! Your support is much appreciated.
48:00
April 07, 2021
Episode 25 - Ahlam Soliman
Episode 25 - Ahlam Soliman
Ahlam Soliman is a fourth year PhD student in the Neuroscience program at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on studying the pathological culprit of Alzheimer disease using experimental models. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu Thank you to Michael Palomares for providing new theme music for the podcast! Your support is much appreciated.
38:22
March 31, 2021
Episode 24 - Sarah McFall-Boegeman
Episode 24 - Sarah McFall-Boegeman
Sarah McFall-Boegeman is a 4th year chemistry PhD student whose work is focused on the corrosion science of aluminum alloys in the aerospace industry. She also serves as the Recording Secretary for the Council of Graduate Students (COGS) at MSU, which more information about can be found at https://cogs.msu.edu/ To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or  recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu Thank you to Michael Palomares for providing new theme music for the podcast! Your support is much appreciated.
58:47
March 24, 2021
Episode 23 - Lin Li
Episode 23 - Lin Li
Lin Li is a Ph.D. candidate in the Information and Media Program at MSU. She studies how individuals use information and communication  technologies for interpersonal communication and for self-managing health and the associated social and psychological processes. She has published papers on international  students’ social media use, and how older adults use wearable activity  trackers for self-managing their health on a long-term basis. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu Thank you to Michael Palomares for providing new theme music for the podcast! Your support is much appreciated.
39:43
March 17, 2021
Episode 22 - Megan Carrillo
Episode 22 - Megan Carrillo
Megan is a 4th year medical student at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine with the goal of pursuing a career in radiology. As someone interested in imaging modalities, she has authored several case reports concerning unique disease states  and processes discovered through different imaging studies. One aspect of her research also raises the question of the stigmas surrounding mental illness and drug use, and their impact on the individual, group, community, and society. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit our website https://www.wamps.org. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
42:21
March 10, 2021
Episode 21 - Alyssa Logan
Episode 21 - Alyssa Logan
Alyssa's research is in equine exercise physiology with a focus in how exercise can impact the bone and joint health of growing horses, racing  horses, and competitive show horses. She strives to involve students in experiential learning and have frequent involvement in the equine industry in a professional capacity as a competitor and instructor. Alyssa also serves as the Treasurer on the executive board of COGS (Council of Graduate Students). More information about COGS and all the great resources and events they provide can be found at https://cogs.msu.edu To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out https://pa.msu.edu If you would like to leave comments, questions, or  recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you  can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
43:45
March 03, 2021
Episode 20 - Rahul Jain
Episode 20 - Rahul Jain
Rahul Jain is a 3rd-year physics grad student at MSU. His research is in the field of experimental nuclear astrophysics focused on understanding the properties of accreting neutron star crusts. They do so by performing and studying the very nuclear reactions that take place in those extreme environments in the laboratory involving very exotic neutron-rich isotopes. Along with physics, he is also pursuing a dual Ph.D. with the Computational Mathematics Science and Engineering (CMSE) department. Since we cannot study all the several thousands of isotopes in the laboratory due to technological limitations as well as limited  resources, he is trying to apply modern machine learning techniques to reliably extrapolate the available experimental nuclear data for astrophysics simulations. Outside of physics, he is an (almost) professional squash player. He played for his college team and represented his home state once in the Indian National Squash Championships in 2015. Rahul is the mentoring co-chair for WaMPS and the student representative for the PA colloquium committee. He is also the student member on the steering committee for the International Research Network for Nuclear Astrophysics (IReNA). During the episode, we talk about the MSU Office for International Students and Scholars. More information can be found at https://oiss.isp.msu.edu/ To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email WaMPS outreach coordinator Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
35:14
February 24, 2021
Episode 19 - Jessica Sydnor
Episode 19 - Jessica Sydnor
Jessica Sydnor is a current second year grad student in the Physics & Astronomy department of West Virginia University. She works with Dr. Sarah  Burke-Spolaor on localizing and understanding fast radio bursts (FRBs) as well as searching for the gravitational wave background using pulsar timing arrays. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or  recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you  can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
47:43
February 17, 2021
Episode 18 - Emily Conway
Episode 18 - Emily Conway
Emily is a second year PhD student in the Department of Plant Biology and the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program at MSU. Her research interests center on plant community dynamics broadly, and urban ecosystems and ecological restoration more specifically, using prairies as her focal community type. More information about the MSU Department of Plant Biology can be found here. Emily is participating in the MSU Science Festival School Programs, with her presentation titled Ask a Scientist: Nature in My Backyard where she will discuss her work with plant communities in urban ecosystems. You can learn more about her program and other STEAM related programs at https://sciencefestival.msu.edu/schools/virtual-school-programs. Emily is also presenting on this topic in a public presentation through the Science Festival on Thursday, April 1 at 7:35 pm. The MSU Science Festival is virtual this year and will have events all throughout the month of April. WaMPS is also participating in the virtual school programs. If you would like WaMPS to virtually visit your classroom, you can contact Bryan Stanley at the email posted below. At the festival, WaMPS will be doing a Physics of Sports presentation on Saturday, April 10, at 1:30 pm. On that same day, at 3:30 pm, Journeys of Scientists will be a part of the Sci-Files Podcast Panel on educational podcasting. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
46:12
February 10, 2021
Episode 17 - Emily Mensch
Episode 17 - Emily Mensch
Emily is a second-year masters student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU. She is a part of the Applied Behavioral Ecology Lab, researching behavioral and chemical ecology in the invasive Sea Lamprey, and how this can be applied to new ways of managing invasive species. To learn more about the Graduate Certification in Community Engagement, check out their website here. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
33:58
February 03, 2021
Episode 16 - Roy Salinas
Episode 16 - Roy Salinas
Roy is a first year physics PhD student at MSU interested in experimental nuclear physics. He also serves at the 1st-year student liaison for WaMPS. Roy talks about how his first semester of graduate school went while everything is virtual, as well as what got him interested in physics and his academic career path.  To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or  recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you  can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
40:14
January 27, 2021
Episode 15 - Hannah Berg
Episode 15 - Hannah Berg
Hannah is a second year PhD student at MSU in nuclear physics. After hearing about the SuN group during her masters at the University of Oslo, she decided to apply to MSU and moved to Michigan from Oslo, Norway. She studies beta decay, where she is looking at reactions important for nucleosynthesis, the formation of elements in  the universe. Outside of physics she is currently working on her knitting skills during the pandemic. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
37:55
December 09, 2020
Episode 14 - Julia Hinds
Episode 14 - Julia Hinds
Julia is a second-year physics graduate student at MSU. She is in experimental high energy working with the ATLAS Collaboration, and she is currently working on the measurement of the Drell-Yan process at high energies. Julia is also the Mentoring Co-Chair for WaMPS, one of the Lead TA's for DATA Lab, and an active marathon runner! To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or  recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you   can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
43:34
December 02, 2020
Episode 13 - Christina Wark
Episode 13 - Christina Wark
Christina Wark is a PhD student in chemical engineering. She recently joined the SCB group in ChEMS where, broadly, she will work with electrochemistry. Some of the work that she has been involved in so far includes building computational models of reaction kinetics in electrochemical reactions and observing the associated hydrogen evolution reaction. More information about the MSU Women in Engineering can be found at https://www.egr.msu.edu/wie/ To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you  can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu Also, a special thank you to Michael for technical assistance :)
44:54
November 25, 2020
Episode 12 - Alexandra Benitez
Episode 12 - Alexandra Benitez
Alex is a masters student in the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Having researched pesticide practices and associated health impacts on agriculture workers in Puerto Rico, studying prospective assessment of intrauterine ZIKA exposure in multiple hospitals, and teaching high school courses, Alex has had adventurous experiences that have led her to her current work studying the human and environemntal effects of Harmful Algal Blooms in the Great Lakes! Her work consists of researching Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) within Michigan waters by evaluating the public health aspect (particularly possible vulnerable populations), as well as developing a communication campaign for targeted communities that live near the most forecasted HABs region. Harmful Algal Blooms can present indirect chronic health effects. The goal of the communication campaign is to enhance awareness and reduce negative health outcomes among vulnerable populations. The campaign will be developed in collaboration with the Hispanic Communications Network. The research will provide insight into environmental risk communication practices. More information about the MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement can be found here. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or   recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
56:22
November 18, 2020
Episode 11 - Brittany Ladson
Episode 11 - Brittany Ladson
Brittany Ladson is a 3rd year medical student at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is currently rotating at Sparrow Hospital and is hoping to pursue a residency in emergency medicine and work for Doctors Without Borders. Her ultimate goal is to work in a resource-limited and Spanish speaking region and serve those in need. She is also the VP of Operations for MSUSciComm, Michigan State University's Science Communication Organization. You can learn more about MSU SciComm at https://www.msuscicomm.org/ To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or  recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can  email  Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
39:30
November 11, 2020
Episode 10 - Dan Salazar-Gallegos
Episode 10 - Dan Salazar-Gallegos
Dan Salazar-Gallegos is a 3rd year physics grad student in high energy physics where he studies dark matter using cosmic gamma-rays + neutrinos  with the HAWC +IceCube experiments. He is also the Vice President of  WaMPS. Dan talks about his undergraduate involvement in both physics and  sociology research labs, involvement with diversity, equity, and  inclusion, and the many traveling adventures he has gone on! To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email  Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
01:00:52
October 28, 2020
Episode 9 - Xandria Quichocho
Episode 9 - Xandria Quichocho
Xandria Quichocho (she/her/hers) is a Black + Chamorro physicist  recently graduated with a B.S. in Physics from Texas State University and is currently pursuing her Physics Ph.D. at Michigan State University. Her main undergraduate research focuses on how the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality interact with women of color and LGBTQ+ women’s identity as physicists. She spends much of  her free time with her dog Facetiming her three sisters and mamma. In an effort to have “hobbies” outside of the classroom, she climbs rocks and rides her bike around San Marcos, Texas, continues to study and teach cello, and frequently performs “Rainbow Connection” to an empty room on her ukulele when spending late nights in the education lab. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email Bryan  at stanl142@msu.edu
52:13
October 21, 2020
Episode 8 - Mejdi Mogannam
Episode 8 - Mejdi Mogannam
Mejdi is a second year graduate student in the Chemistry department at MSU. He does nuclear chemistry in the NSCL/FRIB, blurring the lines of chemistry and physics. His work currently involves using the technique of Total Absorption Spectroscopy (TAS) to study how excited states in 73Ni are populated from the beta decay of 73Co. Listen to Mejdi's journeys which include choosing nuclear chemistry over economics, navigating community college, undergrad, and grad school, research lab experiences, and getting involved with Jiu-Jitsu.  To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to learn more about graduate school in physics and astronomy at MSU, check out their website here.  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
59:04
October 14, 2020
Episode 7 - Devyn Cantu
Episode 7 - Devyn Cantu
Devyn Cantu am a sixth year physics graduate student at MSU working with the  IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a detector designed to observe neutrinos  from astrophysical sources within the universe. She searches for neutrino sources within our galaxy that extend a few degrees across the sky. Devyn also talks about some of her high adrenaline experiences and hobbies such as flying airplanes, riding motorcycles, and skydiving.  To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
50:03
October 07, 2020
Episode 6 - Ariana Hernandez
Episode 6 - Ariana Hernandez
This week we are joined by Ariana Hernandez. She is a second year masters student in the entomology department at MSU studying spotted wind drosophila, a sister species of the common fruit fly. She is also a cohost of the BugTalk podcast, which is led by members in the MSU entomology department, so be sure to check that out! This is a really fun conversation. Enjoy! You can find Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast or check out their website here. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
50:31
September 30, 2020
Episode 5 - Alison Peisker
Episode 5 - Alison Peisker
Alison Peisker is a 5th year grad student studying particle astrophysics. She works on a gamma ray observatory, taking data from a neutrino observatory and looking for coincidences in gamma rays from already detected neutrinos. We’ll learn about Alison’s interests which include music and knitting. Alison will also talk about her experiences adapting and growing through grad school, and how that has influenced some of her career goals. To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone  to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email Bryan at  stanl142@msu.edu
42:46
September 23, 2020
Episode 4 - Cristhian González Ortiz
Episode 4 - Cristhian González Ortiz
This week, we hear from Cristhian González Ortiz. Cristhian is a second-year physics grad student at MSU working on the first design of a storage ring, as an upgrade to FRIB (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams). They are looking at how this addition would further enhance the  capacity of FRIB to perform nuclear experiments. Listen to Cristhian's many journeys, which include moving to Michigan from Colombia, getting involved with Comunidad Latinoamericana and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, pursuing physics and mechanical engineering, and finding a good work-life balance. Cristhian and Bryan talk about social events outside of physics, hobbies, and how not all physicists are bad at sports! In this episode, Cristhian talks about his involvement with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and  Comunidad Latinoamericana (CLA). You can follow CLACS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @msuclacs or visit their website: https://clacs.isp.msu.edu/ You can follow CLA  on Facebook, Instagram @comunidadmsu or visit their website: https://comunidadmsu.wixsite.com/comunidad-msu To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook.  If you would like to leave comments, questions, or recommend someone to be interviewed on Journeys of Scientists, you can email Bryan at stanl142@msu.edu
52:26
September 16, 2020
Episode 3 - Jessie Micallef
Episode 3 - Jessie Micallef
Jessie Micallef is a fifth year graduate student in Physics and CMSE at MSU. Her research is with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory detecting a  fundamental particle, called neutrinos, from the atmosphere and space. She works on using machine learning to improve their ability to measure  neutrinos in their detector. Jessie also talks about her many hobbies, which include filmmaking, Jiu-Jitsu, comic cons, outreach, and more! Jessie is also starting a video project called Portrait of a Scientist that plans to highlight diversity in STEM! The  project is a video montage that aims to deconstruct stereotypes about what a scientist looks and acts like and demystify who can be a  scientist. It relies on community submitted videos and images that complete the phrase "I am a scientist  and I also..." Ideally, there will be multiple montages posted on their YouTube channel highlighting specific categories, but this depends on participation! Please consider sharing part of your portrait with them!  Everyone at all stages of their career (undergrad, grad, postdocs,  faculty) are encouraged to participate! Please upload a video or picture (holding a sign) that completes the phrase "I am I scientist and I also..." You can get as creative as you want and do as many phrases as you want! Some ideas for ways to finish the phrase are below and there are examples  at: https://www.facebook.com/PortraitOfAScientist. Don't worry about the editing. The final product will be subject to  editing with the aim to maximize impact and diversity, so please recognize while we appreciate all submissions, not all of them may make  the final cut.  They would love to show many different faces in this video, but they also understand some people's need for  anonymity, so feel free to cover your face with your sign, use a bitmoji, or sit in shadow if you feel more comfortable that way! You can submit your video via this google form or via email (micall12@msu.edu) by Sept 25, to be included in the first round of montages. They will keep your name anonymous unless you otherwise note that we can include it in the credits! Please direct any questions to Jessie at micall12@msu.edu and we look forward to seeing your submissions! To keep up to date with WaMPS updates, you can follow @msuwamps on Instagram and Facebook.
49:57
September 09, 2020
Episode 2 - Laura Wood
Episode 2 - Laura Wood
Laura Wood is a fourth year grad student in the physics education research lab at MSU. She works in supporting and understanding the experiences of transfer students in natural science majors from two-year colleges to four-year colleges, specifically examining students' self-efficacy beliefs/experiences and the impacts of cohort programs. Listen to Laura's experiences growing up in Washington, attending a small undergraduate school in Seattle, and adjusting to a large graduate school in Michigan. Laura and Bryan also talk about overcoming struggles in grad school, finding communities to get involved with, and provide suggestions for those starting or thinking about pursuing graduate school. In the podcast, we mention another podcast, BugTalk, which is created by folks at the MSU Entomology Department. Bee sure to sure to give them a listen and follow @bugtalkpodcast on Instagram and Twitter. To stay up to date with WaMPS events, be sure to follow @msuwamps on Instagram and like us on Facebook.
01:01:41
September 02, 2020
Episode 1 - Camila Monsalve Avendaño
Episode 1 - Camila Monsalve Avendaño
Cami is a second-year graduate student in the Physics Education Research Lab at MSU. Her current research focus is on students of Color with transfer credits earning STEM degrees at MSU. Her previous research focus has been gender studies using statistical analysis. Listen to Cami's journeys which include switching from a life of biology to grad school for physics, living in Colombia, Florida, and not Michigan, and putting herself out there to meet new people and build relationships. To stay up to date with WaMPS events, be sure to follow @msuwamps on Instagram and like us on Facebook.
01:36:06
August 26, 2020