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Ph.D., Astronomy and Planetary Science & Exploration, Western University, 2016 M.Sc., Astronomy and Planetary Science & Exploration, Western University, 2012 Hons. B.Sc., Astronomy and Physics, University of Toronto, 2010
Dr. Parshati Patel is an astrophysicist, science communicator and educator based in London, Ontario. She received her Hons. B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy from University of Toronto, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Astronomy and Planetary Science & Exploration from Western University. Dr. Patel investigated disks around young, massive stars. As the disks of dust and gas around these stars are a hub for formation of planets, studying these disks help us understand about the planet formation process among a variety of stars. During her graduate studies, she realized her passion for science communication while working in various astronomy and planetary science outreach programs. She is an Educational Outreach and Communications Specialist at the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration. At the institute, she develops and leads space themed classroom workshops, camps, and public events, trains graduate students and educators, engages with the media, and manages several outreach initiatives. She is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University where she conducts research to understand and gauge the engagement of the participants as well as their outlook on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers and interest in STEM fields.
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