MIT Microbiome Club
The MIT Microbiome Club, part of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, brings together inquisitive MIT undergrads, grad researchers, postdocs, faculty, and clinicians in the emerging field of microbiome studies and microbiome-based medicine. I served as the Communications chair from 2017-2018; I ran their Twitter and Facebook pages and managed a listserv of 900+ members. I am still doing that now and more as the club President for 2018-2019. I also co-founded the Boston Microbiome Meetup group through this role.
Graduate Students for Diversity in Science (GSDS)
GSDS is an interdisciplinary, graduate student-run organization focused on promoting diversity in STEM fields. I was a member of GSDS from 2012-2016 and the Executive Board from 2014-2016. My passion for the mission of GSDS led me to create the role of "Marketing Director" to fill the need of communicating what we do to the campus community. I developed a website and lead communication efforts such as social media, campus-wide advertising, and website content generation. I invited and hosted two speakers, participated in outreach events such as a reverse site visit to CSU-Northridge to talk to undergraduates about graduate school and served on Diversity panels for the Materials Department Graduate Student Recruitment Weekend. While on the Executive Board, I served as a representative for the graduate student population on the student advisory board to the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at UCSB and participated in NSF MRSEC and External Advisory Board visits to the MRL.
It's a Material World!
Throughout graduate school I volunteered at local elementary school science nights, with Girls Inc. and at on-campus workshops demonstrating hands-on materials science activities. From 2013-2016, I was a "Materials Ambassador" and lead and organized volunteers in these activities. I also taught K-12 science teachers classroom demos at the MRL Science Teacher Workshops.
Art + Science Curriculum
I worked with a team to develop a curriculum for a local 4th grade class project covering energy concepts according to the Next Generation Science Standards in the form of an art project. I led student groups at Isla Vista Elementary for a week-long in-class project using conductive ink pens to create an LED-lit diorama which was later displayed as an exhibit at the LightWorks Illumination Festival in May 2016.
I participated as a general question answerer for UCSB ScienceLine, which enables K-12 students to directly ask expert scientists their science questions.
Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) NanoDays is an annual nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. I volunteered through California NanoSystems Institute demonstrating hands-on science activities to the Santa Barbara public.
SEED Academy at MIT
Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy is a five and a half year academic enrichment and career exploration program for public school students from Boston, Cambridge and Lawrence, Massachusetts who have a strong academic record and interest in science and engineering. I helped develop the 8th grade curriculum and volunteered as a guest lecturer in 2018.