School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Jackie began inspiring me before I even agreed to attend Stony Brook University. Our first meeting was virtual and her two cats were crawling over her as she calmly asked about my research questions and what I hoped to achieve in grad school. From then on, I have striven to be that comfortable and confident in both my personal and academic life. I have also modeled myself after Jackie by advocating for myself and others in the face of prejudice and assumptions, especially in academia.
Even though I have left grad school, I know I will continue emulating Jackie and will carry little bits of advice and wisdom gleaned from her for the rest of my life. This includes letting cats crawl over me at any opportunity. – Kylie Langlois