Thank you to Dr. Jennifer Blum '02 who visited our physics classes on December 14, 2018. After graduating from Ursuline, Jennifer earned a B.A. in Astrophysics at Columbia University and then her Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Blum's expertise is in black holes and the x-rays in space that help us observe black holes to better understand how our universe evolved. She has worked as a researcher and in cyber security.
She inspired the students with her research as well as her encouragement of many types of STEM careers that can impact the world around us. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. “There are so many awesome fields in STEM,” exclaimed Dr. Blum. She also urged students to cultivate support systems, mentors, and advocates.
Dr. Blum shared with students her strong sense of helping others. She ardently believes that “when you start moving up, you have to bring other people up with you. When I was a team leader at work, I wanted those who reported to me to be successful as a team and get credit for it. I encourage young women to remember that we need to all rise up together as a group. There is enough success to go around.”
Another way to mentor others is as a leader in professional organizations. Dr. Blum currently serves as President of the Washington D.C. Metro Chapter of AWIS which is the Association for Women in Science.