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Celebrating National Women and Girls in Science Day

11 Feb 2021, 18:00 UTC
Celebrating National Women and Girls in Science Day
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The following essay was written by Sarah Stamer, a Lowell volunteer and astrophysics double-major at Northern Arizona University.
My journey in science started in elementary school when I thought I wanted to be a doctor. That changed when I went to summer camp at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, and during lunch watched the Cosmos television series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. I immediately bought the original Cosmos book by Carl Sagan and immersed myself in the universe of astronomy. My interest in astronomy continued as a camper at Lowell Observatory, as the winner of a Lowell Observatory-sponsored essay contest to meet Mark Kelly (a former NASA astronaut and current U.S. Senator), and during the astronomy unit in my 7th grade honors science class. Once in high school, I enrolled in a science and engineering program. However, one especially significant experience showed me that I wanted to be an astronomer. From October 2018 to March 2020, I was a Nighttime Public Programming volunteer at Lowell Observatory. There, I showcased my astronomy knowledge interacting with thousands of guests from across the world as a portable telescope operator and as a greeter for guests standing in telescope lines. Being a Lowell ...

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