Jennifer Shitanishi is an senior studying physics at Cal State LA. She came here at the age of fifteen in the Early Entrance Program. Cal State LA is one of three universities in the nation to participate in this program, which allows outstanding high school students an opportunity to enter into the university without having completed the high school curriculum. Many of the physics majors at Cal State LA come here via the EEP program.
Jennifer is very active in the department. She is president of the physics club. She has presented at the AAS conference twice. Her most recent presentation was in January of 2010. She interns at Jet Propulsion Lab through the Consortium for Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE). She is interned at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Jennifer is currently involved in astrophysics research at Table Mountain Observatory through the CURE and JPL. The CURE program is available to CSULA students and is a collaborative effort with JPL, offering promising undergraduate physics students an opportunity to get hands-on experience. Her research at CURE includes asteroid astronomy and photometry. CSULA's Milan Mijic supervises this project. Dr. Mijic is a theoretical physicist specializing in cosmology, who, in addition to teaching at Cal State LA, also is a Principal Investigator for the Scientific Visualization Lab, where he works creating cosmology animations.
Jennifer took the GRE exams last year, applied to grad schools, and now attends the graduate program in Physics at USC.