ABOUT

MIT

I am a junior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, majoring in Physics and minoring in both Astronomy and Science, Technology, and Society (STS). Besides coursework, I also do research on astrophysics at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and physics education at the MIT Edgerton Center. Learn more about my research here.

Astrophysics

Within astrophysics, I am most interested in near-field cosmology which uses information about our own Milky Way and the local cosmic neighborhood (near-field) to learn about the bigger cosmos (cosmology). Currently, I study how our neighboring ultra-faint dwarf galaxiesthe oldest and faintest galaxies in the universeformed using data from a large computer simulation. I do this work with Professor Anna Frebel and Kaley Brauer.

Physics Education

Within physics education, I am most interested in bringing the human experience back into the physics classroom. Most students learn about physics as a bland set of objective facts and laws of nature. Hidden from them is the complex journey of curiosity, creativity, struggle, serendipity, and collaboration undertaken by our scientists. With Elizabeth Cavicchi (MIT Edgerton Center), I seek pedagogies that incorporate history, philosophy, and sociology (HPS) of physics into physics teaching.

Other Activities

Outside of courses and research, I am a leader in my clubs and living communities. I am currently the Vice President of MIT’s Society of Physics Students, Executive Officer in MIT’s Undergraduate Womxn in Physics, and Co-Head Counselor for the Physics Freshman Pre-Orientation Program. I also work as a Resident Assistant in my dorm.

In my free time, I read and dance (K-pop and hip hop styles).

Science Communication

I am a rising science communicator in the Philippines. I started communicating science actively four years ago, right before I graduated high school. Since then, my work has reached more than 8M views worldwide. I have also been invited to speak at more than 50 events, all around the Philippines and in international venues such as the United Nations in Vienna.

Learn more about my work here.

Breakthrough Junior Challenge

When people recognize me, it’s usually because of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge. The Challenge is an international science competition organized by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, which includes Silicon Valley names like Sergey Brin (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), and Yuri Milner (DST Global). In 2017, I won the competition, placing first out of 11,000 participants. In 2016, I received the Special Prize, placing third out of 6,000 participants. Learn more about my competition journey and find some resources here.