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Jessica Esquivel

Associate Scientist, Fermilab

About Jessica Esquivel

Dr. Jessica Esquivel is an Associate Scientist at Fermilab working on the Muon g-2 Experiment which recently announced it’s exciting Run 1 results, increasing the experiment/theory tension from 3.7σ to 4.2σ. She is one of ~100 Black women with a PhD in physics in the country, the 2nd black woman to graduate with a PhD in physics from Syracuse University, and the 3rd Black woman to hold an Associate Scientist position at Fermilab. Her graduate research focused on studying ghostly particles called neutrinos interacting in the MicroBooNE Experiment using innovative machine learning techniques. Dr. Esquivel is also a  recognized advocate for creating just and equitable spaces in physics and focuses on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in her community engagement efforts. She is a steering committee member of APS-IDEA, co-founder of BlackInPhysics, and part of the Change-Now collective. Dr. Esquivel was also selected as a AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador, and through her work as an ambassador, has appeared on CBS’s Emmy nominated educational program Mission Unstoppable where she discusses the physics behind makeup, and on the Science Channel’s How the Universe Works discussing how neutrinos could be the key to the mysteries of our universe. Dr. Esquivel is a Texas transplant living in Chicago with her wife and three furbabies, Treadaway, Georgie, and Daisy.

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