Broadening participation in STEM
I have been deeply involved in CU Boulder's Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) group since 2015, including two years as the group's president. WiSE is a community of graduate students and postdocs who seek to improve the recruitment, retention, and success of women scientists in academia and beyond. We run monthly seminars, K-12 outreach events, a coaching/mentorship program, monthly happy hours, and our annual Science Communication Symposium. WiSE has grown to include over 400 members and is run by a dedicated team of ~20 volunteers. It is an honor to work with this amazing group and see the opportunities for women and other underrepresented groups improve steadily.
WiSE leadership retreat, summer 2017
Arctic College students with our hard-earned lake sediment core (obtained in chilly -25ºC conditions!)
Working with students has always been an integral part of my role as a scientist. I've been fortunate work with some great groups in the Boulder area, including CU Science Discovery, Earth Explorers, and PROGRESS. We recently partnered with Nunavut Arctic College's Environmental Technology Program to use lake sediment cores to unravel the Holocene environmental history of a site they've been monitoring with students for over a decade.
Communicating my work outside of the academic realm and engaging the broader public in science is a priority for me. My recent communication efforts include visual art, a video project, and science writing through the NPR SciCommers program. Participating in workshops like ComSciCon and the WiSE SciComm Symposium have not only helped me hone my jargon-free communication skills—they've made me a better scientist. I look forward to continue participating in the ever-expanding #scicomm movement.
Lab filming for the CU Graduate School, 2016
Photo by Hugo Cordova