Image description: Aliya Merali, a program leader in science education at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), experiences near weightlessness on a microgravity flight aboard the “Weightless Wonder” as part of a collaboration with NASA.
Combining her background in physics with her interest in outreach and science communication, Merali now coordinates a variety of events geared towards providing opportunities for students interested in science careers.
She directs a conference for more than 350 young women interested in the science and technology fields, works in an underprivileged school district to bring science experiments to life with underrepresented students and collaborates on a multitude of other outreach programs including internships, science competitions, and mentoring programs.
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