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to be the youngest member of
a global team of scientists who
helped discover the existence
of gravitational waves. In 2017,
the team was awarded the Nobel
Prize in Physics. "It was amazing
to be recognized as an actual
scientist, not just a student, in the
field," she says.

COURTESY XIANG XU

"Going to graduate
school at Harvard was
an amazing move as an
international student.
I honestly didn't think
I'd get this far, given that
I was a first-generation
college student."
Gill participates in a collaboration between the National
Science Foundation's Laser
Interferometer GravitationalWave Observatory (LIGO) in
the United States and the Virgo,
a gravitational-wave detector
based in Europe. The LIGO-Virgo
collaboration brought together
astronomers with gravitational
wave researchers to create
a new discipline: gravitational
wave astronomy.
Now a research scientist at
Columbia University and a PhD
candidate at Harvard University, Gill
is helping to establish a gravitational
wave astronomy research group.
"For me, going to graduate
school at Harvard was an amazing
move as an international student,"
she says. "I honestly didn't think I'd
get this far, given that I was a firstgeneration college student."
Gill's childhood dream may not
be too far off. She plans to apply to
NASA the next time it recruits a
new class of astronauts. "The end
goal was and still is to become an
astronaut," she says.

X

iang Xu

HOME COUNTRY
CHINA

EDUCATION
Master of Fine Arts in Dance (2016), New
York University Tisch School of the Arts
CURRENT POSITION
Freelance Artist, Xiang Xu Dance Theater

After beginning his dance career at the Beijing Dance Academy, Xiang Xu
decided to pursue a master's of fine arts in one of the world's cultural capitals:
New York City.
"America has had...many legendary modern dance pioneers who dedicated
their whole lives to the modern and contemporary dance world," Xu says.
Although his background is in traditional Chinese dance, Xu focused on
contemporary dance at New York University (NYU)'s Tisch School of the Arts.
"NYU has a very rigorous dance program, which not only challenges your
physicality, but also it gives you a lot of time to deeply think about how dance
art influences human society and individuality as a physical form," he says.
Since coming to the United States, Xu has served as adjunct faculty and a
guest artist at Syracuse University and Santa Monica College. He has received
numerous awards for his performance and choreography, and, most recently,
the Joffrey Academy of Dance selected him to premiere his latest work at its
annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition.
Xu's choreography, in particular, has been recognized for its innovative
blend of traditional Asian dances and martial arts with contemporary dance.
"I pick these typical movement dynamics from Asian traditional dances
and incorporate them with Western contemporary dance technique," he says.
Studying dance in the United States gave him opportunities to collaborate
with artists from around the world. "This is the beauty of America for its arts
education," he says. "For me, the best thing [about] studying here was to enjoy
the diverse cultures to make me grow up spiritually as an artist."



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From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Iran
Quick Questions
Feature: Africa’s Education Evolution
Feature: Mental Health: At Home and Abroad
Feature: The Faces of International Education
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment Management
International Education Leadership
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