I am involved with GRAD-MAP (Graduate Resources Advancing Diversity with Maryland Astronomy and Physics), which pairs undergraduates from historically black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, and community colleges primarily from the mid-Atlantic region with a mentor in either the UMD astronomy or physics departments. During the winter break, these students attend a ten-day Winter Workshop, where they learn Python, work on a research project with their mentor(s), and learn information and resources to help them apply for graduate school. For the past four years, I have served as a research mentor for a student. For the past three years, I developed the student's project independently and also assisted with some of the professional development during the Winter Workshop. In the summer of 2019, I was a co-mentor for a student in GRAD-MAP's ten-week Summer Scholars program.
Prior to coming the the University of Maryland, I worked in education and public outreach at NOIRLab (formerly NOAO) in Tucson, AZ as the lead student for two years. I ran programs for schools and classrooms, developed activities and materials, organized teacher workshops, published a monthly newsletter, wrote and recorded a bi-monthly podcast, coordinated the translation of materials, and ran a social media site. I was also one of the key developers for the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015 Quality Lighting Teaching Kit, which has been distributed to partner organizations worldwide. I was also a character in two installments of NOAO's comic strip "Tales of the Modern Astronomer", which have been featured at AAS conferences and on the covers of past NOAO Newsletters!