Jessica Harris

Charlottesville, VA, US
Field of Work 
Astronomy and Space Science
 
Education and Public Outreach
Company 
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Job Title or "Student" 
STEAM Education Program Development Officer
Education 
Fisk University
Degree 
Physics
Education Level 
Masters
Profile Biography 
Jessica Harris is currently the STEAM Education Program Development Officer in the Education and Public Outreach Department at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, VA.  She is coming to NRAO after 7 years as an education outreach specialist and director of the Space Astronomy Summer Program (SASP) for the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, MD. While at STScI Jessica had a dual role in creating outreach activities for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Jessica was also the co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion (aka Invision) Working Group, member of the Women Empowering Women (WEW) group, and one of the facilitators for the Women in Astronomy Conference workshop “Concrete Steps to Make Your Workplace More Inclusive” workshop.

Jessica’s previous professional experience includes various research internships at Duke University, Lehigh University, and Vanderbilt University. Jessica has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physic from Grambling State University and a Master’s Degree in Physics from Fisk University.
Interests 
Writing/blogging, Dance, Travel
Race & Ethnicity 
Black or African American
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, In-school visit, Online role model
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Availability 
No Preference
Resources 
Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
NGCP Collaborative FabFem

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