I am an Applied Physics graduate student from Ridgecrest, California, a small town in the middle of nowhere that only exists on a map because we invented military grade glow-sticks and the Sidewinder Missile. I did my undergraduate coursework at St. John’s University in Queens, New York and received my BS in both Chemistry and Biology. Working for Christy Landes, I focus mainly on understanding the characteristics of polyelectrolyte-modified gold nanoparticles, namely oxidation and reduction protection and catalytic behavior, using cyclic voltammetry and hyperspectral analysis. I am a member of the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) and an executive board member of the Applied Physics Graduate Student Association (APGSA) and an NDSEG Fellow. I am extremely excited to be a part of the overarching GSA, especially in keeping the graduate student population informed and involved. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, singing, painting and exploring the world around me. So if you ever need an idea of what to do or where to go in the Houston area, just ask!