Researcher, Educator, Artist



Simone Hyater-Adams is a PhD candidate in the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her degree in physics from Hampton University in 2014, where her interest in education sparked. Now, as a physics education researcher and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Simone is committed to doing critical work that pushes the field of physics to examine the oppressive structures within its culture. With her intersecting identities as a Black woman, a physicist, and a performer, her dissertation research examines the nuanced experiences of Black physicists, and recently won the Harry Lustig Dissertation Award from American Physical Society's 4 Corners Section.

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. ”
– Audre Lorde