Miché is a 3rd-year Planetary Science Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University researching oxalate minerals on Mars using remote sensing and in-situ spectroscopy. She currently does her research at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory doing Martian spectroscopic analysis of the surface. She received her B.A. in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University and her M.S. in Geographic Information Systems from Sam Houston State University. She’s a lead volunteer at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution and a DC STEM Network Ambassador at Carnegie Institution for Science. She compiled a list of resources for students of color to help them locate resources pertaining to GRE, fellowships, internships, scholarships, and mentorships. She’s also involved in outreach educating DC students about astrobiology.
I hope #BiG Week inspires many black students to study astrogeology because being a Black Geologist doesn’t have to mean you’re earthbound. Geoscience departments need to hire more Black faculty! It is essential for Black students to see a representation of themselves in leadership positions and to have mentors who fully comprehend the unique challenges they face in academia. If you are currently a faculty member on a hiring committee reading this, you now have a wealth of applicants from which to choose. #BiG week is showcasing our vast numbers & diverse sub-disciplines in a field that consists of 2% Black geoscientists.