Nicole E. Cabrera Salazar was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up in Miami, Florida. She is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Chateaubriand Research Fellowship from the Embassy of France. Both awards allowed Dr. Cabrera Salazar to pursue international research for her doctoral dissertation, “Fundamental Properties, Activity, and Planet-Hosting Potential of Young Suns Near Earth,” which she successfully defended in 2016.
As an advocate for equity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Dr. Cabrera Salazar believes that all people should have access to science regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status. She publicly speaks about these issues on platforms such as the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast, Vanguard: Conversations with Women of Color in STEM, and TEDxGeorgiaStateU. She has also written about subjects that disproportionally affect marginalized people such as depression and sexual harassment.
Throughout her tenure as a graduate student, Dr. Cabrera Salazar created several grassroots programs for minoritized students in her spare time including Astronomy Peer Advising Leaders (AstroPAL), Creative Lessons in Astronomy and Space Science (CLASS), and the Latinx Grad Student Lunch. Read more about her initiatives in her full CV.