Bárbara Cruvinel Santiago
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I'm a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation, where I'm studying how to flag dual purpose physics research, so we can prevent its weaponization.

I have a Physics Ph.D. from Columbia University, where I was a NASA FINESST grant recipient working on astronomical instrumentation projects in Professor David Schiminovich's lab.

I am passionate about public policy, and I have joined lobbying efforts in the past to advocate for graduate student immigration rights. I was also a Next-Generation Fellow to learn about and work on nuclear threat reduction advocacy.

I also vehemently believe that supporting women and underrepressented groups in STEM is essential for the progress of scientific endeavors. As such, I have been involved in diversity initiatives through several organizations, including Yale Women in Physics, Columbia Spectra, the Yale Physics Climate and Diversity Committee, the Columbia Physics Graduate Council, the Yale STARS Program, SU(5) and more.

Originally from Brazil, which I represented twice at the International Young Physicists' Tournament, I received my B.S. in Physics from Yale in 2017 on a full-ride need-based scholarship, after which I spent a year at the Nobel-prize-winning MIT-LIGO lab. When I'm not in lab, you can find me rock climbing, playing one of my guitars, doing woodwork/arts and crafts, training my golden retriever puppy, or geeking out about politics.