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Sonia Tikoo-Schantz

Sonia Tikoo-Schantz
, Leadership Conference Co-Chair [smtikoo [at] mit [dot] edu].  Sonia is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the department of Earth, Atmospheric and
Planetary Sciences.  Her research interests broadly lie in the planetary sciences, with a specific focus on planetary magnetic fields.  Sonia's thesis involves understanding the magnetization preserved in Moon rocks and using that information to constrain the nature of the ancient lunar core dynamo magnetic field and determine which classes of planetary bodies can generate magnetic fields.

Sonia has been involved with GWAMIT since its founding in 2010, and has served in numerous capacities as a departmental representative, as well as on planning committees for the initial GWAMIT Kickoff, Leadership Conferences, and Empowerment Conferences.  Sonia is very passionate about supporting women's pursuits in science and combating the "leaky pipeline" of attrition from science and technology career paths.  Sonia has met many wonderful women through her involvement with GWAMIT and enjoys working with them to bring encouraging and informative programming to campus through the GWAMIT Conferences.