The PARI Experience: Dr. Patricia Craig
“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.