Chani N.


Chani (Shaw-nee) is pursuing her Astrophysics PhD at Harvard, specializing in exoplanet research. She grew up in Montana where she earned her undergraduate degree in Astrophysics from the University of Montana (UM). During her time at UM, Chani completed a tutoring training program with TRIO Student Support Services that included special training to tutor students with disabilities. She applied her training at UM, tutoring students with different backgrounds and varying challenges in math, chemistry, physics, biology, and astronomy. 

During her time at Harvard, Chani has served as a teaching fellow for numerous science courses and participated in many outreach events, sharing science with undergraduate astronomy majors all the way down to small children. When tutoring, she relies on her varied experience to present new concepts in a couple different ways, in order to find the one that is right for each tutee. Chani is an active advocate for the improvement of mental health in academia, and currently serves on the Harvard Student-Faculty Mental Health Panel. She is well-versed in types of resources for students looking to improve their mental health or wellness while in academia. 

When she is not hunting exoplanets or teaching, Chani can often be found enjoying the great outdoors; hiking, mountain biking, swimming, or skiing. She is also a musician and enjoys singing and playing her violin and bass guitar.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, Astronomy PhD candidate in Exoplanet Research
  • University of Montana, BA in Physics with Astronomy option
  • Physics
  • Mathematics