I am a PhD candidate in astrophysics at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. My research revolves around ways we can investigate the lives and deaths of stars using observations of gravitational waves - ripples in the fabric of spacetime that emanate from extreme systems in the universe such as merging black holes and neutron stars. I am part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, which made the first observation of gravitational waves in September 2015. I am also passionate about science education and public outreach, and getting members of the general public interested and engaged in scientific advancements through participation citizen science. Outside of astronomy, I can be found playing music around the Windy City, looking up, and getting lost all around the world.