During graduate school at Berkeley, for four years (2009-2012) I volunteered with Community Resources for Science, a math, science, and engineering resource support program for Bay Area kids. I was team leader and helped develop a course module on mechanics of springs and its applications to animal locomotion. Working with a team of graduate students, I developed hands on engineering exercises which allowed kids to formulate and test hypotheses about how overall spring stiffness changes as mechanical spring elements are combined in series and parallel. We worked with 7th graders at Piedmont Middle School in Piedmont, CA.
In 2012, I volunteered as a judge in the Division of Biology at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) held in San Jose, CA. ABRCMS is the largest professional conference for underrepresented minority students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). I had the chance to meet talented students across the country and learn about their science projects while giving advice about graduate school.
I was a Grand Award judge at the 2014 & 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in the category of Animal Sciences and Robotics & Intelligent Machines . ISEF is an annual science fair for high school students, with over 70 different countries represented.