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Maryam Haytham Esmat
Dual Degree in Astrophysics (BSc with a Mathematics minor) and Creative Writing (BA with a fiction track) senior international student from Egypt. Graduation Date: May 2021
• Research Assistant at Space Telescope Science Institute (June 2019 – January 2020) simulating James Webb Space Telescope observations of transiting exoplanets to help aid scientists with their exoplanet parameters for JWST's Cycle 1 proposals.
• Co-founder of Quash (October 2016 – Present), Cairo, Egypt. Quash is an Egyptian student-development company founded on the principle of helping high school students understand prospective careers and later declare college majors by familiarizing them with intensive courses in various fields of study.
• Student Councilor at Education USA Egypt (May – August 2017) to help high school seniors with their Egypt and U.S. college applications. Awarded "Outstanding Councilor."
• Constraining the Galactic Electron Density with Multi-Messenger Astronomy. This is my departmental honors senior-year thesis. The project just got approved. Timeline should be August 2020 – May 2021.
- Co-translator of NASA Goddard's Key Facts International for the James Webb Space Telescope Key Facts (July 2019)
- Author of The Escaping Flashback. Published by Dar Al-Shorouk (January 2017). Received “Youngest Author in the Middle East” title by Egyptian TV and Media, and Goodreads author recognition.
- Editor for Classical Mechanics textbook that integrates coding languages (Python and Mathematica), authored by Dr. V. Pagonis and Dr. C.W. Culp. Publication date is August 2020.
- Co-presenter at AAS workshop, Exoplanet Characterization Toolkit, January 2020.
- Invited Speaker at the American University of Cairo's 9th Astronomy Conference, December 2019
- Speaker at Chesapeake Bay Area Exoplanet Meeting, September 2019
- Four Poster Presentations at four conferences for my JWST research in the last six months
Honors & Awards: Lycoming College Scholars Program (2018 – Present); Diana Kamal Scholarship Search Fund (2017 – Present); Lycoming College Merit Award (2017 – Present); Education USA Egypt Outstanding Councilor (2017); Youngest Author in the Middle East (2016)