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Mackenzie White


I’m a graduate student in geophysics/planetary science, working as a contributing scientist on lunar and martian NASA missions. Alongside my amazing lab group, my research aims to help us better understand the Earth, Mars, and beyond. My path to the office where I now communicate with a Mars rover has been far from conventional; as an undergraduate, my friends joked that I majored in “everything.” With my curiosity guiding the way, I earned liberal arts and science degrees, further solidifying my interest in science and art. At the intersection of these fields, I have discovered my passion for science communication.

My experience with science media ranges from writing for the National Association of Science Writers to sharing the newest photos from the Mars Perseverance rover. As I continue developing my career in science communication, I aim for my storytelling to strengthen the connection between humans and the natural world. When I’m not studying space rocks or writing about the latest updates from Mars, I enjoy photography, hiking with my dog Rocky, and searching for the best breakfast tacos in town. I’m thrilled to spend my summer learning, writing, and exploring new science at Science Friday!


Headshot of Mackenzie White wearing a blue flannel shirt in front of a cityscape.

Planetary Science Institute

Fellowship Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellowship Host: Science Friday