Organizing Chair for ComSciCon-Atlanta

October 11, 2017

I am working with a kick butt team of graduate students from around the Atlanta area to plan ComSciCon-Atlanta. This two-day workshop will take place at Georgia Tech in March 2018 and is modeled after the ComSciCon National workshop. Grad student participants build communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public. It's going to be so awesome. 

Since we're a small team, we all wear a lot of hats! My responsibilities include: scheduling and leading all meetings, managing the venue, managing finances, fundraising, leading a panel, and managing applications.

Grad Groups Leader for Fall 2017

May 15, 2017

Grad Groups is Georgia Tech’s extended orientation program for new graduate students. We cover everything I wish I had known when I started grad school: how to maximizing the advisor/advisee relationship, career development and planning, stress and time management, and maintaining work/life balance, and what resources are available at GT. 

 

Register to join a group this Fall 2017 in the link below.

Selected to Attend ComSciCon Workshop 2017

June 08, 2017

At the 5th annual ComSciCon National Workshop, happening June 8th-10th, 2017, provides participants build communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public. The workshop includes networking, collaboration on science outreach projects, and peer evaluation.

 

Following my attendance that this workshop, I will be putting together a series of workshops on science communication skills for my fellow graduate students at Georgia Tech. Please contact me if you're interested in contributing!

Writer for the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

January 05, 2015

Communicating science to the public is always a challenge, whether it's explaining my research to my boyfriend's kind parents or to a crowd of fidgety elementary school students. To get some practice and get me out of my comfort zone, I asked to write stories for the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering department. I work closely with the chief writer, and pitch stories, conduct interviews, and write news articles. My nontechnical writing skills have greatly improved from this opportunity!

Check out some of my articles, reposted in my blog! 

Awarded Georgia ACS Mini Grant to Develop Drinking Water Treatment Activity

May 02, 2016

In May 2016, I was awarded $1000 for a proposal on “Water Treatment Education” to teach school-age children about flocculation, coagulation, filtration, and disinfection. Since that time, I've developed and performed this interactive demo with over 200 kids of different ages. It's been a great opportunity to not just talk about the amazing engineering that gets groundwater, tasty and clean, coming out of a tap, but to discuss impacts of pollution. We also talk about the importance of good water management (especially in a state like Georgia), and brainstorm habits and activities the students do that contribute to water use as well as industrial practices. 

Want to run this activity yourself? Head over to my blog to learn how!

Volunteer with Women in Engineering

August 15, 2014

I joined the Georgia Tech Women in Engineering program when I first started grad school. Every semester, we visit several schools and conducted demos on engineering concepts such as building integrity (building structures from uncooked spaghetti and gummies) and locomotion (balloon-powered cars). I love being able to discuss careers in science and engineering with children of different age groups. Kids think so big, compared to adults, and their problem-solving processes are so fun to watch. 

I also help with the TEC and Junior TEC camps during the summer- that's where this picture that I took is from!

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