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Since 2013, I have been a part-time, distance Ph.D. in Aerospace Sciences student at the University of North Dakota. My dissertation focus will likely be on how humans behave in isolated, confined environments such as a spacecraft.

In 2012, I completed an M.Sc. Space Studies, which I also took by distance at UND while pursuing a full-time job. My focus was on space policy and management, and I completed a thesis about Canadian company Telesat that was published in Space Policy. This degree helped launch my full-time freelance career in space/science writing.

I have received thousands of dollars in financial aid from the university for academic achievement. Additionally, I helped run UND’s Graduate Forum (an annual research event) and assisted the Space Studies department with the redevelopment of its website. For more information about my academic experience, contact me.

Awards

  • 2014-16: University of North Dakota – Multiple tuition waivers
  • 2012: EurekAlert! – Travel Stipend to American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Vancouver
  • 2011-12: University of North Dakota – Approximately 2/3 of my tuition paid by the university in the form of waivers.
  • 2010: Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario – Best In-Depth Feature
  • 2007: National Association of Science Writers – Travel Stipend to AAAS conference in San Francisco
  • 2006: Canadian Science Writers’ Association – Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award
  • 2003-5: Carleton University – Judith Johansen Memorial Award (2005); K. Phyllis Wilson Scholarship (2004); George Fierheller Entrance Scholarship (2003)