Kendra Bergstedt

Advisor: H. Ji
Treasurer of Princeton Women in Plasma Physics
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Kendra grew up in Roseville, Minnesota and got her undergraduate degrees in Physics and Math at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. While there, she became interested in computational physics and space plasma physics. Her time as a student of space physicists Prof. Cindy Cattell and Prof. Lindsay Glesener showed her how important women mentors can be for young women beginning their careers in STEM.

Kendra joined the Princeton Plasma Physics program as a graduate student in 2018. Her first year project investigated turbulent magnetic reconnection in the Earth's magnetotail using data from NASA's MMS mission, under the advisement of Prof. Hantao Ji. She has been continuing her work with Prof. Ji, with a new focus on simulations of space, solar, or astrophysically-relevant plasmas.

During her free time, Kendra enjoys sleeping, playing video games and tabletop RPGs, trying to practice trombone without annoying her neighbors, and getting outside in nature and marveling at the flora and fauna she sees there.

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