My mission is to inspire and empower early-career PhDs to make the most of their money. I engage with graduate students and postdocs through my Personal Finance for PhDs seminars, coaching, and websites, Grad Student Finances and PhD Stipends. I launched Personal Finance for PhDs shortly after my PhD defense in fall 2014.
My passion for personal finance is rooted in my experience as a grad student, and I speak and coach from the position of a more experienced and knowledgable peer. When I first started in graduate school, I knew that living well on a grad student stipend would be quite challenging, so I continuously learned and refined my money management strategies throughout my PhD.
I started blogging about personal finance in 2011 (Evolving Personal Finance) and launched PhD Stipends and Grad Student Finances in 2014. My websites opened up dialogues with other grad students and I began informally coaching many of my peers on their finances. I also volunteered for three years with Personal Finance @ Duke and a community-based personal finance class. I delivered my first seminar on personal finance for graduate students in fall 2014 and launched the coaching arm of my business in summer 2017.
I received a PhD in biomedical engineering from Duke University in 2014 and a BS in physics from Harvey Mudd College in 2007. I live in Seattle, WA with my husband, Kyle, who also holds a PhD from Duke University, and our daughter.