The PARI Experience: Dr. Patricia Craig

The PARI Experience: Dr. Patricia Craig

Dr. Patricia Craig at the controls of the Desert RATS rover prototype being developed for future manned missions to the Moon, Mars and other planetary bodies.

“PARI gave me real-world experience that confirmed what I wanted to do with my life.”

Dr. Patricia Craig, 
Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, AZ

“PARI provides access to instruments and hands-on experiences that are invaluable to students and difficult to obtain anywhere else.

“When I arrived at PARI as a high school student I was somewhat in awe of the equipment.  The staff, however, was welcoming and helpful, providing an inviting atmosphere for students. I learned what it is to be an astronomer and for the first time in my life I did real research.  I also was exposed to the critical experience of collaboration.  Even now, as a science team member on Curiosity, I regularly collaborate with scientists from all over the world.  That experience at PARI was invaluable.

“My PARI experience affirmed what I wanted to do with my life.  I could not be happier with my career decision or my experience at PARI.  It is truly a special place.”

About Dr. Patricia Craig

2003: Dr. Patricia Craig first visited PARI as a high school student attending a two-week Duke TIP summer program.

2012: Awarded Ph.D. in Space and Planetary Sciences, University of Arkansas.

Current:  Postdoctoral research scientist with the Planetary Science Institute, working with the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity.


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