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Katherine Quinn

People - Research Description: 

I am a PhD candidate in physics, and my research focus is split between two main areas. My first project is in physics education research, and I am working with Prof. Holmes to design an assessment that characterizes students' critical thinking and reasoning skill in introductory lab courses. For my second project, I am applying techniques from information geometry to better understand the constraints on the cold dark matter cosmological model for cosmic microwave background spectra, to better understand well and ill constrained parameter combinations to aid in experimental design.

Outside of physics, I am heavily involved in advocacy at Cornell. I am an executive member of Cornell's Graduate Women in Science chapter, an organization dedicated to empowering women and gender minorities in STEM, and a member of the physics department's Diversity and Inclusion Council. I am also an elected representative on the University Assembly, and worked as an instructor for Cornell's Prison Education Program.