© 2019 by Claire N. Saunders.

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PhD student by day, blogger by night
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About Me

I am a scientist, feminist, and educator who is passionate about making the world a better place through research, technology, and education. I currently work at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where I am completing my PhD in computational materials science.

I graduated summa cum laude from Duquesne University in 2015 with a BS in Physics, BA in Mathematics, and a minor in computer science. Throughout my undergrad, I worked extensively in the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory sector. Before committing to materials science, I conducted research in particle physics and mathematical image processing. Aside from research, I worked in software development, technical consulting, and private tutoring.

In my free time, I volunteer with Girls Who Code and other organizations dedicated to educating underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. I was the founder and director of Caltech Coders, a program dedicated to teaching middle school and high school students in the Pasadena Unified School District computer science concepts with real-world applications. I frequently speak at local schools and events to share my own educational journey and to encourage students to pursue their passions. Contact me if you are interested in having me speak at your event.


In my free time, I enjoy competing in endurance sports events including triathlons, marathons, century rides, and hiking. I also blog about my job, outreach, my health, general misadventures that come with being in your twenties, or whatever interests me in the moment. 

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