I like to run and go hiking with my dog. I also spend most of my weekends doing STEM outreach. I enjoy communicating the importance of all sciences.
I tried to do well in high school. This helped my admission into a good college, where I took hard classes. After I graduated I took a internship in the pharmaceutical industry. I soon came to realize I did not want to do that as a living and applied to graduate school. I wanted to learn and make an contribution to the scientific community.
There is no straight path to a career. Explore and enjoy. Last but not least, do not be afraid to try new and hard things in STEM.
I was born/grew up in: California, United States
I now live in: Indiana, United States
I completed my training/education at: University of California, San Diego - Chemistry, B.S.
I get excited to test my new ideas everyday. One of the interesting things about chemical reactions is that they can make different colors. I never know what color they will turn!
I am a graduate researcher. In my specialty, I try to make carbon-carbon bonds in new and effective ways that nature cannot do. Each day, I test out new ideas through chemical reactions. I use the scientific method and simple math everyday. To analyze my chemical reactions, I use a giant magnet that interacts with the reaction products and creates a unique signal that is then processed through a computer program and can give me visual depiction of my product. A background in STEM will prepare me to solve challenging problems, in science and outside of science, using the Scientific Method.
- Literature and Language Arts
- Enjoyed working with my hands
- Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
- Engaged in volunteer activities
- Liked reading
- Was really creative
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
- Liked to design or build things