Kalista Schauer, from Corpus Christi, Texas, is pursuing a master's degree in applied physics at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. She graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor’s degree in physics, commissioning as an active-duty Army Aviation Officer. At Stanford, Kalista aspires to study thermal noise reduction for gravitational waves laser interferometers, extending humanity’s vision in space and time. At West Point, Kalista conducted research in quantum field theory, quantum optics, and photonics engineering and was named a Goldwater Scholar. She completed internships at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Through the Society of Women Engineers and other organizations, Kalista organized many diversity and inclusion projects for gender and racial minorities in STEM and the military, efforts that she seeks to continue while at Stanford.