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Emily Zhang


I’m a recent graduate of Columbia University, where I received my B.A. in astrophysics while also tackling non-scientific pursuits from theatre to political theory to video production. I realized science media existed as a career in my sophomore year, got incredibly excited by the prospect of combining my scientific and creative sides, and have been trying to break into the science media world ever since. Within astrophysics, I’ve focused my research on X-ray data, studying supernova remnants at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and active galactic nuclei at Caltech. Within science media, I’ve started out by doing a scicomm internship at the Chandra X-ray Center and publishing an article in Scientific American on Starlink satellites. I’m super excited about the accessibility created by the intersection of science education and internet media, and hope to pursue that area in the future. I love cooking, gaming, and exploring the nearest city (mostly just Boston & NYC so far!). Most of all, I’m thrilled to be working at Science Friday this summer!


Emily Zhang tilts her head and smiles at the camera on a balcony overlooking a blurred city. She has long dark hair and is wearing a green and white blouse and delicate necklace.

Columbia University

Fellowship Sponsor: Heising-Simons Foundation

Fellowship Host: Science Friday