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Maxine is a fourth-year PhD candidate, 2023 Dean’s Scholar, and 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the mathematics department. Her research focuses on algebraic topology and homotopy theory. Hailing from a small beach town in San Diego, CA, she received a BA in mathematics from Reed College in Portland, OR, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. In the mathematics department at Penn, she co-organizes the Directed Reading Program, which pairs graduate students with undergraduates for independent studies, as well as GeMs in Math, the graduate and faculty group supporting gender minorities in mathematics. She has translated her passion for mathematical communication and outreach through her work as a 2023 AAAS Mass Media Fellow, a 2021 and 2022 fellow for the Netter Center’s Penn Graduate Community-Engaged Research Mentorship program, and a volunteer instructor with Princeton’s Prison Teaching Initiative.