Hello! My name is Erica! Here’s some facts about myself:
I am a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii, Manoa at the Institute for Astronomy
I am a Hispanic-Asian American and a first-generation college student.
I have research experience in extra-galactic, stellar, and planetary astronomy
I work with Dr. Karen Meech on my thesis which is about characterizing the activity of long period comets to understand how the solar system formed.
I am currently the Graduate Student Representative in my Department.
Besides astronomy, I enjoy writing, drawing, chihuahuas, post-apocalyptic movies and indie horror games.
I go by she/her pronouns and I am a feminist.
Links to talks about my research are listed below:
Research Project 1
Research Project 2
Outreach Video for MKO@home about the Scale Solar System:
Outreach Video for MKO@home about Constellations:
Lunar Phases Activity:
Description of Research for ARCS Awards 2021:
- 2018 Institute for Astronomy Best Research Project
- 2019 Institute for Astronomy Best Research Project
- 2019 SACNAS Best Graduate Research Presentation Award
- 2021 Soroptimist Founder Region Fellowship
- 2021 Hannah Liebreich Graduate Student Organization Award in Teaching
- 2021 George and Mona Elmore ARCS Research Award
- 2021 ARCS Scholar of the Year