I firmly believe that scientists have an obligation to disseminate their knowledge and skills to the public. I myself am interested in engaging demographics underrepresented in the sciences, including but not limited to: women, ethnic minorities, and individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds. With this mindset, I have dedicated myself to engaging underrepresented groups with science so that they can contribute to our collective understanding of natural processes.
I have mentored students at Stanford University and Harvard University on a variety of projects, both in the laboratory and in the field. To date, I have trained eleven undergraduate students and four high school students. Students interested in working with me should contact me about joining the lab.
As a graduate student, I was been heavily involved with the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (EPATT) program. EPATT is a non-profit after school program that brings K-12 students from the East Palo Alto neighborhood to Stanford Campus, where they receive academic tutoring and athletic instruction. My work with EPATT was one of the most valuable experiences I had at Stanford, as it allowed me to engage with the broader community and impact local youths.
At Harvard, I have partnered with Science Club for Girls, a Boston-area non-profit that pairs high school-aged women with scientists for year-long internships. I have had the pleasure to work with two interns during my time at Harvard through this program.
I am an ambassador for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP). I connect with K-12 educators in order to teach students about the vertebrate fossil record and the history of life on Earth.