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Sofia Lawsky

Columbia University

Physics

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Sofia Lawsky was raised in New York City. In high school, Sofia served as the co-president of her school’s gender-sexuality alliance and led school-wide educational outreach initiatives for students and faculty, and facilitated a safe space for other LGBTQ community members. Sofia extended this work as an intern with the LGBT Network, leading educational outreach for faculty across New York City and planning events for LGBTQ youth to provide safe spaces for them and embolden and connect LGBTQ youth from all over New York City. Additionally, Sofia conducted astrophysics research through the Science Research Mentoring Program at the American Museum of Natural History. Sofia will be studying Physics at Columbia University in the Fall of 2022. While there, Sofia hopes to bridge her passion for physics and advocacy by engaging with Spectra, Columbia’s society for diversity and inclusion in physics, the Society for Women in Physics, and the Columbia Queer Alliance. After college, Sofia plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and promote LGBTQ+ inclusivity and STEM and work towards making STEM fields more diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

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