Kristen Brevik was born and raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota. She graduated from high school and attended North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. During that time she showed leadership in being a resident assistant and the student senate president. She also received the honor of being the 2009 International Year of Astronomy Ambassador for North Dakota. Kristen had the opportunity to travel the state of North Dakota and promote astronomy to schools, clubs, school administrators, and community members.
She transferred to Minnesota State University in Moorhead, Minnesota to pursue a degree in physics. After graduation, she was hired at North Dakota State College of Science to help with logistics and outreach. She also decided to further her education and is currently a graduate student at the University of North Dakota in Chemical Engineering. Her master’s thesis will be focused on infusing STEM and 21st Century Skills in middle schools across North Dakota. She has presented on topics in nanoscience and STEM education at national conferences over the past year.