Padua Franciscan High School grad Ulyana Horodyskyj, Ph.D., is the founder and owner of Science in the Wild, an adventure citizen-science company that leads immersive and educational expeditions around the world. She is also a visiting assistant professor at Colorado College, teaching courses on climate and the environment.
At six years old, Horodyskyj saw her first mountains – the Swiss Alps – and was hooked. At 13, she completed a science fair project on space travel using solar sails instead of fuel, which earned her enough scholarship funding to attend college. Horodyskyj meshed her interests in the outdoors and science as a geology major at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
By age 23, she had traveled to and worked on all seven continents.
Horodyskyj crafted a doctoral project on glacial lakes in the Himalayas and funded her work through a combination of small grants and crowd fundraisers at the University of Colorado Boulder. In fall 2016, Horodyskyj was chosen as mission commander for NASA Johnson Space Center’s Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) 30-day isolation experiment, which simulates a long-duration mission to an asteroid. She was one of 120 semifinalists out of 18,354 applicants for NASA’s 2017 astronaut class.
Horodyskyj was named one of the “world’s most adventurous women” by Men’s Journal in January 2019.
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