During her final year at the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign, Caitlyn wrote the first alumni newsletter for the Astronomy Department, sparking her interest in science journalism. After earning her bachelor’s degree in astronomy and creative writing, Caitlyn took on an internship with Fermi National Accelerator laboratory. Following the completion of her internship, Caitlyn continued to write for Fermilab and Symmetry — a joint publication from Fermilab and SLAC National Laboratory — as a freelancer and, shortly after, joined SLAC’s freelance team as well. While freelancing, Caitlyn also interned at the European Southern Observatory in Germany where she wrote primarily about new research done at ESO and a few pictures of the week for the Hubble Space Telescope.
In her spare time, Caitlyn has also volunteered for the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. There she taught guests, young and old, how to use a telescope to view the day and night sky. This, combined with working for ESO, sparked her interest in amateur astronomy.
Writing has always been part of her life and Caitlyn hopes to one day publish a young adult novel. When she’s not writing science articles or fantasy chapters, Caitlyn enjoys reading and playing video games.