I see teaching as an exciting challenge and important investement into the next generation of people. I had the opportunity to contribute to the teaching efforts at the Department of Physics and Mathematics at ETH Zurich since I have been an undergraduate student. I am very interested in foster the curiosity among the students and engage them with each other, the course material as well as my research. I enjoy to help students understand difficult ideas and concepts. With my teaching, I want to reach everyone in the classroom, thereby ensuring that we not only learn about the universe itself, but more general scientific concepts, that will help the next generation of people to address current and future issues in our globalized, highly technological world.
Mentoring Students @ Harvard and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
My goal in mentoring is to support the development of students' career paths. I enjoy to offer research projects that both develop specific technical skills and set students on a broad path of research that will remain fruitful for many years. Througout my postdoc at Harvard, I have advised the following students:
- Leah Zuckerman, undergraduate student at Brown University (REU)
- Diana Khimey, undergraduate student at Harvard (PRISE Fellowship)
- Rohan Naidu, graduate student at Harvard (publication)
- Xiaohan Wu, graduate student at Harvard (publication)
- Kartheik Iyer, graduate student at Rutgers during the Kavli Summer School 2018
- Peyton Benac, Junior Thesis in 2019 at Harvard
- Ana Georgescu, Junior Thesis in 2018 at Harvard
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Latino Initiative Program (SAO/LIP)
In the summer of 2020, I was a mentor for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Latino Initiative Program (SAO/LIP), which targets talented undergraduate science majors who participate in the Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Programs located on the campuses of the University of Massachusetts. The students have the opportuniaty to work on a summer research project at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. My student studied the variability of star formation in simulated galaxies. I strongly support this and similar programs because it provides scientific research for minority students and thereby helps building a more inclusive environment.
Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP)
In the academic year of 2018/19, I was also a mentor for the Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP), which provides an opportunity for high-school juniors and seniors to work on a year-long independent research project in astrophysics under the guidance of an astrophysicist. My two students from a local public high school successfully implemented a simple galaxy growth model and presented their work at a professional seminar. I strongly support this and similar programs because it exposes high-school students to authentic research experiences and therefore encourages them to major in STEM fields in colleges. It also helps students to transition into colleges and to be independent learners and thinkers.
Teaching Assistance @ ETH Zurich
As a B.Sc. and M.Sc. student at ETH Zurich I taught undergraduates by supervising the exercises to introductory classes in physics and mathematics. As a Ph.D. student, I was given the opportunity to assist the following courses:
- Astrophysics I: This undergraduate course provides an overview of fundamental concepts and physical processes in astrophysics, such as radiative transfer, stars, galaxies, and cosmology.
- Astrophysics II: This graduate course examines various topics in astrophysics with an emphasis on physical processes occurring in an expanding Universe, from a time about 1 microsecond after the Big Bang, to the formation of galaxies and supermassive black holes within the next billion years.
- Astroweek: This advanced lab course takes place in Diavolezza (3000 meters above sea level) and gives the students the opportunity to observe and measure physical processes in the sky.
Mentoring Students @ ETH Zurich
During my Ph.D. studies at ETH Zurich, I had the opportunity to mentor and advise students' research projects as part of their Bachelor's or Master's thesis:
- Massimo Bortone, Bachelor Thesis in 2017
- Felix A. Kuhn, Bachelor Thesis in 2015
- Nicolas Hild, Master Thesis in 2014
- Anna Weigel, Bachelor Thesis in 2012