Balancing research with Center opportunities

 “Art and science are two sides of the same coin. Science is a discipline pursued with passion. Art is passion pursued with discipline.” – Dr. Arthur Sackler

I am a fourth year chemistry graduate student in the Darren W. Johnson Lab. My research currently focuses on solution analysis and characterization of gallium and gallium/indium nano-scale clusters. I have recently presented my research at the Material Science Institute (MSI) conference, as well as to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the science club at Hermiston high school as community outreach.

As a member of the CSMC, I participate in a number of activities in addition to my research. In the past, I have been a graduate mentor to a number of undergraduate students participating in summer internships and research during the academic year. 

I have participated in the Lens of the Market workshop offered by the CSMC to educate participants about innovation.  My favorite part of being a Center member is the Hermiston Outreach Fellowship. Due to this program I get to spend 6 weeks in a high school classroom developing curriculum for an advanced chemistry course. Recently, I began participating in a partnership between the CSMC and OMSI. I am looking forward to this program because I hope to one day have a career working for an outreach program.

Before I came to Oregon in 2009, I lived in rural Pennsylvania. I attended Juniata College where I got a BS in Chemistry with a secondary emphasis in Education. During college I worked for the outreach program Science in Motion (SIM) which brings science equipment and materials to high school students throughout central PA. During my free time in college I was a member of the women’s rugby team.