Providing learning opportunities for others has been a long-standing value of mine since a young age, demonstrating a powerful commitment to education and public service. As a graduate student, I will enhance my skills as a teacher and mentor, and will explore opportunities that broaden the social impact of my work.
*BIOE 291: Principles and Practice of Optogenetics for Optical Control of Biological Tissues Karl Deisseroth
*ME 208: Patent Law and Strategy for Innovators and Entrepreneurs Jeffrey Schox
*BIOE 301B: Clinical Needs and Technology Bruce Daniel
*BIOE 45 SI: A Project-Based Introduction to Synthetic Biology Drew Endy
*MATSCI 11 SC: Energy Technologies for a Sustainable Future Bruce Clemens
I provide one-on-one mentorship to first year graduate students who are applying for the NSF GRFP and DOD NDSEG fellowships. I enjoy helping each applicant reflect and write about his or her unique strengths and research goals, and also sharing with them my experiences on the path to and during graduate school.
In 2008, I initiated Stanford International Genetically Engineered Machine (SiGEM), a competitive undergraduate research team in synthetic biology under the direction of faculty advisors Drew Endy and Christina Smolke. As founding co-director, I recruited the team, enlisted graduate student and faculty mentors, maintained finances, secured lab space and equipment, and directed project design and implementation. At its first competition in 2009, SiGEM took home a gold medal and the title of “Best Health and Medicine Application” for designing and testing a prototype bacterial device that has potential application as a therapeutic tool for post-operative Crohn's Disease patients.
In 2005, I established ScienceSmart, a community service program that introduced low-income preschoolers to science through a 16-week series of hands-on workshops. With a grant from the City of Riverside, I recruited 150 high school volunteers, designed program curricula, and collaborated with Head Start programs to implement my vision for widespread engagement of youth in science, fostering natural curiosity in over 1500 children. This experience gave me the opportunity to share my passion for science with my community. The program ran until late 2008, and was recognized by KABC7 Eyewitness News, Seventeen Magazine, Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards, Inland Empire Family Magazine, and the Press-Enterprise.