Colette Salyk is the Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Vassar College. PhD, Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology 2009; MS, Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, 2005; BS, Planetary Science, minor in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003. Teaching interests include planetary science, observational astronomy, and introductory physics. Dr. Salyk studies the formation of planets using both ground- and space-based telescopes. In particular, she studies the relationship between protoplanetary disk properties (including chemical composition) and planetary diversity. Honors and Awards: NOAO Excellence Award, 2014 Leo Goldberg Fellowship recipient, 2011 Harlan J. Smith Fellowship recipient, 2009 Philanthropic Education Organization Scholar Award recipient, 2008-2009. Mentoring: Founder of Steward Observatory/NOAO Women’s Science Forum mentorship program, Mentor for University of Arizona graduate students Megan Reiter and Kate Follette, 2012–present Mentor for first year Caltech graduate student Gwen Rudie, 2007. Member American Astronomical Society.