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Sofia Sheikh

Postdoc, Berkeley SETI Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

About Sofia

I am a radio astronomer and technosignature researcher working as a post-doctoral scholar with the Breakthrough Listen Project. My research focus is on radio technosignature searches, but I am also interested in biosignature searches and astrobiology more generally, as well as observational radio astronomy projects with pulsars and Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs). I am passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) within the technosignature field, and within astronomy more generally, and incorporate these ideas into my teaching philosophy. I am also a composer of alternative music and a casual rock climber!


Honors

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Science Achievement Graduate Fellow (Eberly College of Science, Penn State)
Institute for Computational and Data Science Seed Grant Awardee (Penn State)
Dean's Climate and Diversity Award Honorable Mention (Eberly College of Science, Penn State)
University Graduate Fellowship Awardee (Penn State)


Education
Postdoc

Berkeley SETI Research Center, University of California, Berkeley , 07/2021-07/2022

Ph.D.

Astronomy & Astrophysics, Penn State University Park , 06/2021

, Penn State University Park (PSU-University Park), 06/2021

Master's

Astronomy & Astrophysics, Penn State University Park , 03/2019

Astrobiology, Penn State University Park (PSU-University Park), 03/2019

Bachelor's

Physics, University of California, Berkeley , 05/2017

Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), 05/2017

Interested in
  • Mentoring
  • Mentorship
  • Speaking
  • Research Experience
  • Postdoc Fellowships
  • Professional Service (e.g. review panels)
  • Science Outreach
  • Consulting
  • DEI/STEM Community Engagement
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