Physics and art history majors
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Critical Materials Institute, Ames Laboratory
Having done some engineering type projects in high school, Helena was naturally drawn to the sciences and to physics in particular. A natural talent in electronics led to a project in analog simulation of a non-linear oscillator for her senior thesis work in physics at Hartwick College.
Triple Major: Physics, Music, and Mathematics
Hometown: Saranac Lake, New York
Ph.D. student; University of Rochester
“I had overwhelming support from many different “advisors” in multiple academic departments. All were very invested in my education. Professor Kevin Schultz helped me take take eight graduate level physics and math courses with professors in each department before attending grad school. He also showed me what it is like to be a physicist in academia and most strongly developed my sense for asking questions in science. I was part of the Undergraduate Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA Survey (ALFALFA) Team for four years with Professor Parker Troischt. We collaborated with astronomers and scientists at The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. This is the largest radio astronomy survey to date. My involvement included four on-site visits, off-site observation, a Freedman Prize, a summer internship, and a poster presentation at a national astronomy conference.”