Jessica Howard is a 3rd year graduate student in particle physics, who is the primary administrative coordinator for the blog team and one of the ten UCI 2020 Grad Slam finalists. Jessica‚Äôs was always curious about how things in the world around her worked. Once she learned about the role particle physics plays in…

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Bela Abolfathi is a sixth year graduate student studying astrophysics (or more specifically, observational cosmology). She works on two ground-based experiments, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and the Vera Rubin Observatory (formerly known as LSST), which will map the Universe to help us better understand dark energy. This research is a natural continuation of…

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Haytham Effarah is a first-year graduate student who is completing the MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program at UC Irvine. He has finished the first two years of medical school, the didactic phase, and after finishing his PhD he will return to medical school to finish the last two years for the clinical phase. The Medical…

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