I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in the GK-12 program at UT. This goal of this program is to facilitate communication between university researchers and K-12 teachers and students. I’ve gotten to teach 4th and 5th grade girls about the properties of light, I’ve donned a 13-foot dinosaur to help kids imagine what life on Earth used to be like, and I’ve been able to judge numerous science fairs in the Austin area.
This past year I’ve had the opportunity to mentor a high school student from a local Austin high school. With my and another graduate student’s help, she was able to form a question on her own and design an experiment to test it. Next year I’m excited to be involved in the same program.
I’ve also been lucky to mentor undergraduates–seven during my time here at UT so far. Some have gone on to graduate school and have completed REU programs at other universities.