Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Jennifer Cooper 2018 copyUniversity of Kansas - United States

Greetings from the Midwest of the USA! Somewhat of an academic nomad, I have lived and studied on 6 continents throughout my life. Hailing from Shingle Springs, CA, I completed my undergraduate education at Cornell University (2014) in astrophysics, geophysics, and archaeology, where I primarily studied volcanoes around the globe, including those in Antarctica, with various satellite data. I then decided to turn my eyes towards the sky and change fields to galaxy evolution and cosmology, completing a Msc in Physics (2017) at Cal State LA/UCI, and continuing on to a PhD program in Physics at the University of Kansas. There are a wide range of facilities in this field located in Antartica, and other telescopes around the world are located at high altitude, which allows me to delve into multidisciplinary areas of study.

I’ve been a member of the Council since 2015 and have thoroughly enjoyed the sense of community, network, and opportunities APECS has provided and working towards common goals. After gaining leadership experience through various project groups and chairing the organizing of the 2018 APECS World Summit, I was the 2017-2018 Council-Co Chair. I'm also the APECS representative to SCAR Astronomy & Astrophysics and on the board of USAPECS. As an enthusiastic and dedicated individual, I’m looking forward to working together with everyone to help facilitate the evolution of growth of APECS while continuing to support early career researchers.

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