Rachel Woods-Robinson got hooked on bicycle-touring and the beautiful Rocky Mountain West in 2015 when she co-founded Cycle for Science, bicycled across the U.S., and stopped in K-12 classrooms along the way to teach lessons about solar energy. She received a B.S. in Physics from UCLA and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the interdisciplinary Applied Science and Technology (AS&T) program at U.C. Berkeley. Her thesis research, conducted at Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), focuses on discovering new solar energy and battery materials. Through her academic and educational work she has been awarded the U.C. Chancellor’s Fellowship and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and was selected as a 2016 SHIFT Emerging Leader and Youth Leadership Award finalist. She is actively involved in energy outreach, science mentorship, and nonstop outdoor adventuring in the Bay Area, though as a California native is eager get out to explore Montana’s landscapes.