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   Meredith Payne
   Ph.D. student in Planetary Geology
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona
United States Of America
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High School: Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque,  NM
B.S. Physics, University of Puget Sound
M.S. Geological Sciences, Arizona State University

Background Information
Born in Ridgewood, N.J. in 1976, I wanted to pursue a career in space sciences from age 7. I took as many science courses as I could during high school and went on to study physics at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. I transitioned to planetary geology during my gradute career at Arizona State University, where my focus has been mainly on Mars, but where I have also participated in the Europa Focus Group. I have been involved in planetary geology as well as astrobiology research since coming to ASU. After earning a Master's degree in Geological Science with a thesis about astrobiological implications of regions at the margin of the martian north polar ice cap, I entered the Ph.D. program to continue my Mars research.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

Well, I'm just getting started and the MER mission is my first direct involvement with a mission, but I'm hoping that there will be many more opportunities in the future! [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

I would say that it is important not to let yourself get intimidated by science courses as they get more advanced. Trust in the building blocks that you have learned earlier to get you to the higher levels of a subject. [more personal reflections ...]