Erin Flowers, a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, has been awarded a Princeton Graduate School Teaching Award in recognition for her significant and exceptional contributions to undergraduate teaching. She has been an Assistant in Instruction in Topics in Modern Astronomy and Life in the Universe, both undergraduate courses. Erin also serves as a mentor to all of the Black undergraduate students in Physics and Astronomy.
Ms. Flowers dedicates her teaching outreach to the Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) instructing college-accredited courses in Math and Physics to incarcerated men and women throughout New Jersey. She is PTI’s inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Graduate Fellow responsible for mentoring volunteer graduate student teachers and teaching teams. She is an avid proponent of educational justice as is evident in the work that she does at PTI and in academia; continually striving to improve the culture of education for marginalized populations.