Science Policy and Leadership Experience
As an M.S. student, I served as social media relations coordinator for the Plant Science Graduate Student Association at South Dakota State University. In this role, I designed our website and social media platforms, coordinated communication efforts between our organization and collaborating organizations, and helped launch and coordinate a monthly technical education opportunity called "We Talk Science". This event hosted speakers from across campus, as well as outside of campus, to teach students and postdocs technical research skills, data management skills, and foster collaborations across the scientific community. In addition, we arranged tours of local agricultural facilities include dairy farms, agronomic producers, and a Valero ethanol plant to expose current students to potential career opportunities and connect with local stakeholders in the state's agricultural industry.
As a Ph.D. student, I served as an officer and event coordinator for Penn State's Science Policy Society. Through this organization, I helped found a monthly science communication event called Science on Tap which gives Penn State researchers the opportunity to share their work with the State College community. I helped organize workshops for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to develop their communication skills. I also had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. on behalf of our society to take workshops on communicating effectively with legislators and met with staffers on the hill to advocate for funding scientific research in that year's budget.
Currently, I serve on both the Communications and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committees for the National Science Policy Network. NSPN is an organization founded and led by early career professionals to provide students and postdocs with the skills they need to make a transition to a career in science policy, as well as to provide scientists at any career stage skills to improve their communication and advocacy within their role as a scientist.