Local Organizing Committee

Shannon Swilley Greco (Chair)

Shannon Swilley Greco is the Science Education Senior Program Leader at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University. She is a passionate science educator with nearly twenty years’ experience in hands-on science and engineering education and engagement programs for informal science, K-12 students and teachers, and the general public. Ms. Swilley Greco holds a Master of Science in Science Education degree, and her work focuses on increasing participation of people with marginalized identities in STEM. Shannon Swilley Greco is the Past Chair of the American Physical Society’s Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public, a Career Mentoring Fellow, and STEP UP Ambassador.

Hanako Helton

Hanako Helton is a junior in the Physics department. She’s also the co-president of the undergraduate club TiCuP (Towards an Inclusive Community of Undergraduate Physicists) and on the department’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative. Outside of physics, she loves playing guitar, reading (she highly recommends anything by Neil Gaiman), and petting her cats and dogs!

Inci Karaaslan

Inci is a junior in the Department of Physics at Princeton University. She is the Vice President of the Princeton Society of Physics Students (PSPS) and is involved as a member of the Department’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative. Last summer she worked on exploring dynamo theories in the magnetic field evolution of galaxies and currently, she is working on characterizing modes in different types of qubits. She is very excited to be a member of the organizing committee for this year’s CUWIP at Princeton!

Loki Lin

Loki is a recent graduate of Princeton University and is headed to the University of Michigan for his PhD in high-energy theory. He is a Peer Educator for the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at Princeton. In this role, he has delivered workshops on LGBTQ+ and gender issues to students and faculty in the Physics Department. Loki is openly transgender, and he dedicates much of his time to improving life for trans/nonbinary students at Princeton both in and outside of physics. 

Jayla Cornelius

Jayla is a senior studying Civil and Environmental Engineering (Structural Track) with a certificate in Urban Studies. She is very interested in sustainability and innovative design when it comes to different types of infrastructure. She enjoys playing golf, reading poetry, doing anything outdoorsy, and creating community amongst different minority groups in STEM!

Delilah Gates

Dr. Delilah Gates is a theoretical physicist and Associate Research Scholar at the Princeton Gravity Initiative who studies black holes. Her research focuses on leveraging features of the spacetime geometry and lensing of light to determine properties of observable black holes.

Before joining Princeton, she completed her PhD at Harvard in 2021 where she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She earned a BS in physics and a BS in mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015. Dr. Gates has a passion for support and community building within physics with a mindfulness towards equity for those who are members of underrepresented groups.  

Kassidy Kollmann

Kassidy Kollmann is a graduate student in the Physics Department at Princeton University. Her research involves using gravitational lensing and galaxy dynamics to study the particle nature of dark matter. She received her BS in Physics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). As an undergraduate, she attended three CUWiPs and co-founded UMBC’s Undergraduate Women and Gender Minorities in Physics Group. At Princeton, she is an active member of the Physics Department’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiative and the Broader Outreach working group. She is excited to be part of the Local Organizing Committee for the upcoming CUWiP at Princeton!

Erin Flowers

Erin Flowers an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in the department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. Her research interests include both theoretical and observational exoplanet characterization and detection and astrobiology. For her thesis, she is working with Chris Chyba to explore astrobiological mysteries of Titan. In addition to her research, her outreach efforts include working with the office of Access, Diversity and Inclusion as a Diversity Fellow, sitting on the American Astronomical Society Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and teaching with the Prison Teaching Initiative. She hopes to help improve the diversity and inclusion of Princeton and other academic communities in New Jersey at large.

Alex LeViness

Alex LeViness is a graduate student in the Princeton Program in Plasma Physics, where she does research related to fast ion confinement in nuclear fusion devices called “stellarators.” She received her Bachelor’s in physics and mathematics, with minors in German and Russian, at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) before spending one year at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics as a Fulbright scholar. She is also the president of Princeton Women+ in Plasma Physics.

Kelsey Hallinen

Kelsey is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Physics of Biological Function at Princeton University where she researches bacterial communities and their properties under flow conditions. She received her BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon and her PhD in Biophysics at the University of Michigan. During her undergrad, she was able to participate in CUWiP and during graduate school, helped organize the 2015 CUWiP at the University of Michigan. She is excited to be part of the LOC and welcome our CUWiP participants to Princeton!

Ivanna Escala

Ivanna is a Carnegie-Princeton Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton. Her research focuses on using spectroscopy to study the resolved stellar populations of nearby galaxies to learn about galaxy assembly history. She obtained her PhD in Astrophysics from the California Institiute of Technology, where she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and Ford Fellow, and her BS in Physics with Specialization in Astrophysics from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). As an undergrad, she attended CUWiP and helped bring it to UCSD, and started Women in Physics, Math, and Astronomy (WiPMA, now GWiPMA) at Caltech during grad school. She looks forward to being part of CUWiP at Princeton!

Ross Dempsey

Ross is a graduate student in physics at Princeton, where he studies strongly coupled quantum field theories and their application to problems such as quark confinement. He was an undergrad at Johns Hopkins and started out in astrophysics before switching to high-energy theory. At Princeton, he’s also a part of the Ambassadors program providing workshops and advice to undergraduates considering applying to graduate school. He is very excited to be part of the organizing committee for Princeton’s CUWiP!

Janelle Jupiter

Janelle Jupiter is a faculty assistant in the Physics Department at Princeton University. Outside of physics she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her son. She is excited to help with this year’s CUWIP at Princeton.