Some of my most meaningful work comes from my years of involvement in minority conferences, selection committees, and career development workshops. Although my entire career is sort of one big “broader impact,” these activities are set apart, focusing on the integration of my personal knowledge with service to both the scientific community and society.
Read below to learn more about my service within the scientific community.
Selection & Advisory Committees
As evident below, I've never been one to turn down an opportunity to be on a selection committee! I also take great pride in the selection process and take my role as a reviewer seriously. I've reviewed for a span of projects and awards including the L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship, the Inventors Hall of Fame (deceased or living), and the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (Health, Education & Human Services branch).
I have served on the selection committees for the following programs:
I have served on the following advisory committees:
2018 - present, National Geographic Events Advisory Panel
2014 - present, American Geophysical Union's EOS.org Advisory Panel
2014, Vision & Model for the National Education Program, National Hurricane Museum & Science Center
2015, IDEO Marketing and Membership, AAAS
2015, SACNAS Meeting Local Planning Committee, Marketing & Communications
2015, SACNAS Meeting Local Planning Committee, Community Footprint Committee
2013, Taskforce on Short & Long-Range Planning of Member & Public Engagement, AAAS
Starting in graduate school, I began giving presentations about my life as a scientist, a minority, and a woman. Since becoming a professional, I'm often called on to share my experience having an "alternative career in STEM" or "career away from the bench" as well as in science communication and education. My goal to prepare, diversify, and expand the scientific workforce, while also presenting viable and fulfilling science career options to young scientists, motivates my efforts. Speaking to young scientists and sharing my experiences, hardships, and opportunities is one of my absolute favorite things to do, especially if I'm directing my attention towards young scientists from underrepresented groups.
@dioneleetweets great meeting you tonight! Thanks again for being a mentor. Very inspiring to hear about your public engagement career!
Below is a list of the career presentations I have delivered:
2018, Humboldt State University, Humboldt, CA (remote)
2017, Association for Women in Science (AWIS), Alternative Careers in STEM Fair, Bethesda, MD*
2017, Association for Women in Science (AWIS), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD*
2015, UC Santa Cruz Career Center, Santa Cruz, CA
2015, Yale Graduate Students & Postdocs in STEM, Washington, D.C.
2015, Discipline-Based Education Research (D-BER), George Mason University*
2015, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
2015, SOARS Interns, NCAR/UCAR, Boulder, CO (remote)*
2015, Einstein Fellows, Washington, D.C.
2015, Howard University, Washington, D.C.*
2015, AAAS Annual Meeting Town Hall, San Jose, CA*
2014, George Washington University Career Day, Washington, D.C.
2014, 3 panels: Career Timeline; Careers in Public Education, Non-profits, Policy, and Media; and Communicating Science to K-12 Students, Educators, the Press, and the Public, UC Berkeley Mentoring Deep Dive, Aptos, California*
2014, NSF AAAS Policy Fellow’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation- Research Experience and Mentoring (EFRI-REM) Conference, Washington, D.C.*
2014, AAAS Human Resources brown bag, Washington, D.C.
I remember my first Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference like it was yesterday. Every accomplishment I have achieved has been a result of that first SACNAS conference or the many that followed. Ever since, I've never missed an opportunity to give back to the community; I speak at conferences, judge/oral poster presentations, and while working for AAAS I tabled at yearly national minority conferences, including SACNAS.
In addition to judging posters, I have been "on call" to help in a variety of other capacities, including introducing plenary speakers, guiding participants, or checking-in guests at the following conferences or events:
2013 - 2018, Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference
2013-2015, Minority and Women Scientists and Engineers Networking Breakfast, AAAS Annual Meeting