Presented a poster at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Received a New Member Award from Sigma Xi, the National Science Research Honor Society, for superior accomplishments and demonstrated proficiency in scientific research.
March for Science
Participating in the March for Science 2017 at the Capitol in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Market Science Volunteers Setting Up
Volunteered with scientists from the USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Lab and the University of Minnesota to staff the Market Science table at the Minneapolis Midtown Farmer's Market one Saturday in September 2016, covering the topic Wild About Wheat (and Other Grains). Taught visitors using interactive exhibits, games and crafts. Photo courtesy of Market Science.
Juniper Networks Photo Booth at Grace Hopper
Having fun in the Juniper Networks photo booth at the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Houston, Texas.
With Scientists at Nitrogen 2016 in France
The 2016 EMBO Conference on the Nitrogen Nutrition of Plants was held in Montpellier, France, with over 170 scientists attending from 28 countries. I was the only undergraduate student in attendance. The conference provided background information useful to my research project on metabolic flux of nitrogen in duckweed, and I received a University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science Travel Award.
Touring the Texas Advanced Computing Center
Visited the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) prior to attending the week-long 2016 TACC Summer Supercomputing Institute on scientific visualization and data analysis, where I won an R coding competition against other attendees. I was the only undergraduate among over 40 graduate students, postdocs, professors and scientists. Learned about the use of UNIX, Linux, Hadoop, Spark, Launcher, Paraview, VisIT, Python and R in high performance computing.
Learning about the TACC Visualization Laboratory
Visited the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) Visualization Laboratory (Vislab) in March 2016, and learned about large-scale scientific visualization.
With Chelsea Clinton at the Borlaug Dialogue
Gathered with Group Leaders of the 2015 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute along with Borlaug Dialogue keynote speaker Chelsea Clinton and World Food Prize representatives. Photo courtesy of the World Food Prize Foundation.
Leading Teens at the 2015 Global Youth Institute
I served as a Group Leader at the 2015 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, mentoring and guiding teens throughout their activities at the institute and the Borlaug Dialogue, the world's premier conference on global food security. Photo courtesy of the World Food Prize Foundation.
Attending a VIP Event at the Borlaug Dialogue
Group Leaders of the 2015 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute had exclusive meetings with dignitaries and leaders in food security. Photo courtesy of the World Food Prize Foundation.
With U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in 2014
Met with Krysta Harden, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, while attending the USDA Washington Leadership Symposium for Wallace-Carver Fellows in 2014. Photo courtesy of the USDA and World Food Prize Foundation.
USDA Wallace-Carver Fellows in Washington, DC
Wallace-Carver Fellows are shown listening to U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden as part of the 2014 USDA Washington Leadership Symposium. During the four-day symposium, we participated in a series of high-level briefings, group activities and dinner discussions with key government officials, and toured the USDA-ARS Beltsville Agricultural Research Center -- the largest agricultural research complex in the world -- plus the U.S. Botanic Garden, National Agricultural Library and other facilities. We also attended the World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony featuring Hon. John Kerry, Secretary of State. Photo courtesy of the USDA and World Food Prize Foundation.
Wallace-Carver Fellows with Norman Borlaug Statue
The 2014 USDA Wallace-Carver Fellows are shown gathered in Washington, DC with a statue of Norman Borlaug, former winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to solving world hunger through plant science research. Borlaug was a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Photo courtesy of the World Food Prize Foundation.
Working with a Visiting Scientist at the USDA
Beginning a project on wild species from California with a visiting scientist at the USDA-ARS Plant Germplasm Preservation Research Unit in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2014. Photo courtesy of the USDA.
Researching Seed Viability at USDA-ARS
One of four high school students selected nationally as a USDA Wallace-Carver Fellow in the summer of 2014 along with 29 undergraduates, and the only fellow at the Plant Germplasm Preservation Research Unit in Fort Collins, Colorado. Conducted over 100 germination tests to study seed longevity, wild species and recalcitrant seeds. Photo courtesy of the USDA and World Food Prize Foundation.
With the 2013 World Food Prize Laureates
As a Delegate to the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute, I met with leaders of the World Food Prize Foundation and the 2013 World Food Prize Laureates: Mary-Dell Chilton, Founder and Distinguished Fellow of Syngenta Biotechnology; Marc Van Montagu, Founder and Chairman of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach at Ghent University in Belgium; and Robert T. Fraley, the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Monsanto (laureates are on front row seated 6th, 7th and 8th from left). Photo courtesy of the World Food Prize Foundation.
Listening to the President of Iceland in 2013
Delegates to the 2013 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa were treated to a speech on geothermal energy by Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland. We met many dignitaries and scientists throughout the event. Photo courtesy of the World Food Prize Foundation.
Volunteer Awards Event at Fernbank Museum
I won awards for volunteering over 250 hours at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History from 2010-2015. As a Fernbank Ultimate Naturalist (FUN) volunteer, I was competitively selected and trained to staff educational carts and help with special events at the museum in Atlanta, GA. I taught visitors of all ages about fossils, shells, archaeology and science. Photo is courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
Holding Stray Potcake Dogs from the Bahamas
I founded the Potcake Research and Evaluation Study (Potcake EARS) to research the behavior of stray potcake dogs rescued from the Bahamas and adopted as pets, with the theory that they would share common traits due to isolated gene pools on the islands. The study had 547 participants from across the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and Germany. Shown is a photo by Royal Potcake Rescue that was featured in an article on my research in the spring 2012 issue of Abaco Life magazine.
Giving my first scientific presentation in front of a large audience at the Mathematics, Science & Technology at Michigan State University summer program for academically talented students in 2010. I attended courses on Genetics & Biotechnology and Nuclear Astrophysics during the two-week residential program. I bioengineered E-coli with a florescent jellyfish gene, separated DNA with electrophoresis, observed PCR and operation of a biolistics gun, prepared a karyotype, and experimented with cosmic ray detectors and spectroscopes.