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#WCWinSTEM: Nicole Sanchez, MA

#WCWinSTEM: Nicole Sanchez, MA


This week’s #WCWinSTEM is Natalie Nicole Sanchez, recent graduate of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge program.

As compiled by Chrystelle Vilfranc

Natalie Nicole Sanchez is a recent graduate of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program where she completed her MA in Physics, with a focus in Astrophysics.  This fall, she will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Astronomy at the University of Washington. Currently, she is finishing a paper on her Master’s thesis research examining cosmological simulations to study the coevolution of Milky Way-type galaxies and their central supermassive black holes.

For her master’s research, Sanchez studied the gas accretion of supermassive black holes in galaxies like the Milky Way using simulated galaxies. This fall, she will continue to study similar galaxies, although focusing on gas in the far reaches of the system. She will continue to use cosmological simulation to do this, while comparing simulated data to real observations.

Sanchez loves astronomy and the research that she has been able to accomplish through many programs serving underrepresented minorities in science. She is grateful for the support and mentorship she gained through programs such as the CAMPARE program (California Arizona Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education) that she participated in while completing her BS in Physics at the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Her Fisk-Vanderbilt experience involved Sanchez cofounding the state of Tennessee’s first SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) chapter at Vanderbilt University. She plans to support as many initiatives, programs, and groups with a mission to offer better opportunities to underrepresented minorities as she can.

Sanchez on the importance of highlighting #WOCinSTEM:

Sanchez says it is simple, “representation matters.” Prior to our current STEM community, there has not been enough examples of the incredible #WOC scientists. Highlighting these women motivate kids, students, and others in the community. It allows them to hear of individuals who may have similar struggles they may currently experience while achieving their scientific goals. That matters.

Thank you Nicole Sanchez for all that you bring to the #STEM community!

We appreciate you! 



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