STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND MENTORSHIP
I love engaging with students, whether sparking their curiosity about STEM through hands on activities or helping calm their fears by explaining my own experiences working in STEM. I have collaborated with various schools, clubs, organizations, personally reaching close to 1,000 students in 2020 alone. I've covered topics like engineering, states of matter, chemistry of chocolate, chemical reactions, polymers, and STEM careers.
Examples of groups I've worked with:
- "Explore Engineering" through DuPont for high school girls
- Girl Scouts of America
- STEMinista Project through Michigan Science Center
- Reinvented Magazine panel and calendar featuring STEM women
- Society of Women Engineers panel
- Young Women in Biology - Atlanta chapter
- EcoLogik Camp through Cabrillo National Park
- Girls Advancing in STEM (GAINS conference)
- Girls Computing League Podcast
- Chief Science Officers (through Science ATL)
- Aerospace Education Foundation’s STEAM Symposium for Young Women
- Lifeology virtual STEAM career cards
- STEMusic Podcast interview
- National Girls Collaborative Project FabFems
- Online platforms, including Nepris App
- Numerous K-12 schools
To help teachers show examples of women in STEM, I created the 3 videos posted below, asking my network and friends to explain their jobs to K-12 students.
Mentorship is also critical for students to help identify themselves in STEM. I often connect with collegiate engineering students, through either formal mentorships during their college careers or occasional one-time mentoring sessions.