Christine O'Donnell

Intern at American Association of Physics Teachers

Location
Charlottesville, Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia Area)
Industry
Public Policy

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Christine O'Donnell's Overview

Current
  • Intern at American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Research Assistant at University of Virginia, Department of Astronomy
  • Collaborator on Introductory Cosmology Textbook (unpublished) at University of Virginia
Past
  • Research Intern at American Museum of Natural History
  • Teaching Assistant at University of Virginia, Department of Physics
  • Research Assistant at University of Virginia, Department of Astronomy
Education
  • Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia,
  • University of Virginia
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
Connections

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Christine O'Donnell's Experience

Intern

American Association of Physics Teachers

June 2013Present (1 year 5 months)

- Creating advocacy resources and strategies for AAPT and its members to use

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

January 2012Present (2 years 10 months) Charlottesville, Virginia Area

- Preparing a paper on young stellar objects in NGC 3576
- Wrote a senior thesis on identifying and classifying young stellar objects
- Collaborating on the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Explorer (APOGEE) survey
- Spring 2012 project: Verified target selection methods, with data included in a paper by Bovy et al. 2012 (http://arxiv.org/abs/1209.0759)

Collaborator on Introductory Cosmology Textbook (unpublished)

University of Virginia

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

January 2012Present (2 years 10 months) Charlottesville, Virginia Area

- Edited the material to increase readability and created extra examples
- Wrote qualitative and quantitative questions to include at the end of each chapter

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Museums and Institutions industry

May 2012August 2012 (4 months) Greater New York City Area

- Independent project on characteristics and trends among a sample of 100,000 nearby stars
- Presented a poster at the American Astronomical Society 221st Meeting (January 2013; Long Beach, CA)
- Gave a talk at the 2nd Annual UVa Undergraduate Physics Research Symposium and won 1st place (November 2012)
- Presented at the UVa Undergraduate Research Network Symposium and won 1st place in the Science category as well as the Spectra and Academic Affairs prizes (April 2013)
- Collaborating on a paper to publish the results

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

August 2011May 2012 (10 months) Charlottesville, Virginia Area

- Led discussion sections (20 students each) for Classical and Modern Physics I & II (PHYS 2310) and Principles of Physics II (PHYS 2020)
- Prepared lesson plans and example problems for each section and held office hours twice per week
- Wrote and graded weekly quizzes to test student understanding

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

June 2011August 2011 (3 months) Charlottesville, Virginia Area

- Independent project on how planetary atmospheres refract light from host stars
- Wrote computer simulated to model the effects of various atmospheres

Christine O'Donnell's Skills & Expertise

  1. STATA
  2. LaTeX
  3. Python
  4. C programming
  5. Microsoft PowerPoint
  6. Microsoft Excel
  7. Java
  8. Fortran 95
  9. IDL programming
  10. Stata
  11. PowerPoint
  12. Public Policy
  13. Qualitative Research
  14. Research
  15. Policy Analysis
  16. Data Analysis
  17. Grant Writing
  18. Political Science

Christine O'Donnell's Education

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia,

Master of Public Policy

20122014

- Selected for highly competitive accelerated program

University of Virginia

BA, Astronomy/Physics

20102013

- Echols Scholar (2010-present)
- College of Science Scholars (2010-present)
- Dean's List (every semester)
- Participated on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) recruitment panels in April 2011 and November 2011
- American Parliamentary Debate Association: 4th Varsity Team (American University Tournament, November 2011), 4th Varsity Speaker (Brandeis Tournament, March 2011)
- Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society): member 2012-present, President 2012-3, organized an undergraduate physics research symposium (November 2012)

Activities and Societies: Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society), Phi Eta Sigma, American Parliamentary Debate Association, Dark Skies Bright Kids

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology

20062010

- Lincoln-Douglas Debate: 2nd Debater in local district (2010), represented local district at Nationals (2008-2010)
- Women in Science & Engineering (WISE): volunteered at annual science fair promoting girls in STEM fields (2007-2010)

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