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Tishtrya Mehta

Tishtrya is a PhD student at the Centre for Fusion Space and Astrophysics (CFSA), studying sunquakes and oscillations hidden in solar activity. She also has a keen interest in outreach and science communication, and works with the department and local communities to share her enthusiasm for all things physics-y.

How did your journey into science begin?

I did an undergraduate research project in Solar physics and realised how much I enjoyed the problem-solving side of researching. I followed this up by a Masters by Research here at Warwick and found a niche that I was interested which allowed me to combine my fascination with all things space-y, and the creativity to guide my own projects.

What is your favourite thing about your research?

Not knowing where your projects will take you. When you're one of the first to examine some new data it can be extremely exciting to find out what direction your work is going to go in. You get to design your own experiments, think your way around new problems, and there's a brilliant amount of freedom in what you get to build your research into.

Why do you think it is important to highlight women and gender minorities in science? What does it mean to you?

Having a community in your department and in your field can be so helpful, especially when you're an early career researcher. Highlighting women in STEM can reinforce the message that scientists may come from a wide range of demographics, and that there is a place for women in science to belong.