Divya M. Persaud
University of Rochester (BA, geology and music composition); University College London (Ph.D.; ongoing)
AP exams: Latin (5), Chemistry (4), English Literature (5), Calculus (5)
University of Rochester Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences; NASA Ames/Goddard/Jet Propulsion Laboratory; SETI Institute
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Creative, questioning, curious
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I got to take a field class in astrobiology at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to be a planetary geologist!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I'd be a full-time writer or musician.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
West Indian plantain