Jiayin is currently earning her Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Penn State where she also received her M.S. degree. Jiayin earned dual B.S. degrees in Engineering Physics and Astronomy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Honors and awards for Jiayin include the 2019 Zaccheus Daniel Fellowship, the 2018 Sagan Workshop Travel Award, and the 2017 Homer F. Braddock Fellowship.