Public Outreach

I have been involved in science outreach efforts since starting college, first as a science educator for K-12 students at the St. Louis Zoo. During graduate school, I was a leader in Teaching SMART, a University of Minnesota and Bell Museum of Natural History outreach program that organizes hands-on science activities for socio-economically disadvantaged public school students. In my current position at Louisiana State University, I am continuing my outreach efforts by bringing the museum’s renowned biodiversity research to the general public through events featuring museum specimens and live specimen preparation demonstrations.


President of Teaching SMART
University of Minnesota

  • Served as President 2009 – 2011.
  • Directed a group of undergraduate and graduate student volunteers to work as a team and develop original science lessons to be taught at four local elementary schools.
  • Focused efforts to target schools with a large proportion of minority groups typically underrepresented in the sciences.
  • Managed the Teaching SMART budget and fundraising efforts.
  • Earned the President’s Student Leadership and Service Award.

Coordinator and Volunteer with Teaching SMART
University of Minnesota

  • Managed volunteer sessions as a school coordinator in 2008.
  • Developed a semester curriculum with a focus on evolution, paleontology, and ecology.
  • Continued to volunteer with Teaching SMART at least once per semester after stepping down from leadership roles.  

Guest Instructor
Bell Museum of Natural History

  • Developed Presentations on mammal biodiversity and led museum research collection tours to K-12 students.
  • Visited local schools and presented at after-school science events.
  • Facilitated wildlife activities and small mammal trapping activities at local nature reserves.

St. Louis Zoo

  • Educated visitors about ecology and conservation issues.
  • Produced theatrical performances to teach important science principles to visitors in a fun and interactive manner.