I gained my BS in Physics from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville where I did research in Nonlinear Optics as well ass being a teaching assistant and tutor for the physics department. I also was awarded the Outstanding Teaching assistant award for 2015 and 2016. I did a summer internship at Delaware Sate University researching adaptive optics. DSU is where I earned my MS in Physics. My MS research interests were in studying thermal noise spectra of near-surface NV centers in diamond I am currently pursuing my PhD in Physics at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.