My name is Caitlin Johnson, and I am a sixth year physics Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) planning to defend in summer of 2018. My thesis research is in very high energy gamma-ray astrophysics. Specifically, I’m interested in using a multiwavelength approach to understand the physical processes creating gamma rays in blazars. I am also passionate about science outreach, education and authentic STEM experiences. Before coming to UCSC, I did my undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, sewing and being outside.