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Cynthia Olvera Perez
Cynthia Olvera Perez
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My name is Cynthia Olvera Perez, I have been an active SPS member since the beginning of my educational career studying physics in California State University, Chico. I grew up in southern California where I developed an interest in astronomy when my first-grade teacher taught my class about Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut. As a little child I remember pondering about where the “edge of land” was, what one saw when they looked over the edge. I then learned that the place, we walk upon is a sphere, a planet. I believe my curiosity and love for the universe has guided me to continue my education and during the summer of 2018 I dedicated my time studying magnetic spots on sun like stars using a 3D stellar convection magnetohydrodynamic simulation, where I tracked and located about 200 magnetic loops. My computational work allowed me to study and develop an understanding about sunspots, how they are formed and what their motion appears like. My dedication and experience helped me land the opportunity to spend the summer in New York studying the properties of galaxies in voids this up coming summer as a part of CAMPARE. In the future, I hope to attend grad school and obtain a PhD in astrophysics. Despite the struggles I have faced in the past I continue to strive for success, keeping in mind what is most important for me, where I want to be, where I need to be and reminding myself of who I wanted to be when I was in first grade, “like Mae Jemison” I said.
I lead problem solving sessions and tutor lower division students struggling in physics, I love to share my passion and help others understand the beauty that is physics. In the past I have helped grade papers for my professors, and mentor first time freshmen students who are majoring in STEM. I have previously attended CUWiP in 2015 and 2016 as well as had the opportunity to present my research poster in the APS far west meeting in Fullerton, CA in 2018. I am part of the WiP, Women in Physics club in Chico State, a safe place for all women in the physics department. Outside of academics when I get the time, I enjoy playing video games, writing poetry and stargazing at the local observatory in Chico which is among my favorite places.