January 2020 – Graduate

Sierra Kaufman

Woonsocket, RI
Shinnecock Indian Nation
Science Post Graduate Fund-Graduate

Brown University
Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science
GPA 3.89

Community Service

  • Union Bargaining Committee and Student Outreach Representative, Brown University 2019

  • Stand Up for Graduate Employees Organizer, Brown University 2018-2019

  • Held Workshop: Organizing Your Graduate Research with Zotero, Brown University 2017

  • Volunteer 2nd Grade Science Teacher, Vartan Gregorian Elementary School 2016

  • President and Founder, Native American Student Union at Fredonia State University 2014-2016

  • Invited Lecturer, Volcanoes Short Course, Fredonia State University 2015

  • Event Coordinator, Residence Hall Association Fredonia State University of New York 2013-2014


Sierra V. Kaufman is a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and a current fourth-year Ph.D. student at Brown University in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics and Geochemistry from the Fredonia State University of New York and a Master’s of Science from Brown University in Planetary Science. Before Brown, she got her start in planetary science from an internship at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History focusing on the use of enstatite chondrite meteorites as a proxy for Mercury’s surface. Her current research focuses on the mineralogy and clays on the surface of Mars and how it can be used to determine the past climate and amount of water present. She also works part-time as a spectral analyst for a start-up called Cloud Agronomics which is trying to use hyperspectral data to increase agricultural yields. She is an active member of Brown’s graduate student union and frequently seeks out opportunities to teach whether it be second graders, high schoolers, or her fellow graduate students. During the summer she is an instructor for Summer at Brown STEM for Rising 9th and 10th graders, running a course called “Solar System Formation and Processes”. Sierra is passionate about teaching and, after her Ph.D., hopes to obtain a faculty at a university that values both their undergraduate teaching as well as research.