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Genevieve Graves Former graduate student Genevieve Graves talks about her experiences at UCSC.

 

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Former graduate student Genevieve Graves talks about her experiences at UCSC.

 What was your most memorable experience at UCSC?

The most memorable aspect of my time at UCSC is not a single event, but a continuum of experiences: the meetings with my thesis adviser. I would sometimes come into those meetings feeling discouraged or distracted, but conversations with Sandy always energized me and reinvigorated my drive to understand the universe. The intensity of those discussions and the open mulling of scientific ideas was the most exciting part of my graduate study.

How has your UCSC graduate education shaped you professionally?

The UCSC Astronomy Department has been both a supportive and a challenging academic home in which to become an astronomer. The continuous engagement, particularly the informal discussions with faculty, postdocs, and other grads over coffee and in the halls has been wonderful. It has helped me develop a broader perspective on the field, as well as honing my abilities to explain my work, rethink my work, and engage with the work of other astronomers.

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