Lauren received her B.A. in physics from Dartmouth College in 2007 and an M.A. in astronomy from Boston University in 2010. She completed her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering sciences under the supervision of Xinlin Li at the University of Colorado Boulder in August 2014. Her research interests include wave–particle interactions and their influence on the evolution and dynamics of Earth’s radiation belts, as well as energetic particle detector and small satellite development.