Much more diversity is needed in Physics!
I work everyday to both bring in more people from diverse backgrounds into STEM, specifically, Physics, and to retain them in this white-male-dominated field.
I help organize and personally participate in job-shadowing programs for middle and high school students, science workshops such as GRASP (middle school) and ASPIRE (high school), science demo shows, mentor-mentee programs and lab tours.
I personally reach out to and keep in regular touch with under-represented students in my department to ensure their success and well-being. I regularly help organize activities, such as, informal round-table discussion with role models in the field, professional development, and conversations about challenges in academia, to support students in the program.
ASPIRE – Science Workshop for High School Women
Achieving in Science through Physics Instrumentation, Research and Exploration (ASPIRE) is a 5 day workshop hosted annually or biannually by my research group, funded by Connolly’s NSF CAREER award. It consists of radio-themed, hands-on projects, lectures, tours and lunches. I teach the students concepts of Electricity and Magnetism, light waves and the ANITA project, help to develop project materials, administer projects and lead discussions on neutrino science. I lead one of four main projects, specifically on building novel applications with Arduinos. I also create a resource list, called “What Next?”, of post-workshop activities and contacts for the students to guide them in becoming the next generation of scientists. My talks and the project led by me are consistently given the highest ratings by the students with comments such as “Physics is possible and fun and I love it now.” ASPIRE students of diverse backgrounds have also conveyed that they feel more confident upon seeing their background and culture represented by me.
If you are in high school: Apply to join ASPIRE here !!
At OSU Physics, I have served on the Physics Graduate Student Council (PGSC).
Learn more about the PGSC here: http://pgsc.physics.osu.edu/
Getting Into Research is a presentation that we give to first-year grad students in the program as part of preparing them for research recruitment and the challenges they might face during the process.
I co-run the first and only program to integrate new students into Astroparticle Physics research at Ohio State. You can learn more about this program here.