Pittsburgh Freethought Community

January 2019 - Present

Community Board of Directors

  • The PFC exists and operates with these three main goals

    • To be a welcoming and caring community for all those who share a humanist worldview and an evidence-based perspective;

    • To provide a strong and respected public voice for the secular humanist community in shaping public debate and formulating public policy;

    • To promote science, reason, critical thinking, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.

  • As one of the directors of the PFC, I work to increase diversity and inclusion within our community and translate that into our activism

    501(c)(3) non-profit

“The PFC works to promote science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area”
— https://pittsburghfreethoughtcommunity.com/
 

Neighborhood Learning Alliance:

August 2016 - August 2018

STEM Coordinator

Some of the fastest growing and most rewarding careers are in STEM related fields, and will continue to be in the coming years. Unfortunately, however, there are disproportionately few African American in these industries.  Keeping this issue in mind as leader of the STEM warrior program for NLA, I was able to design and implement an after school program for children of color in the greater Pittsburgh area. By not only giving these students the knowledge and skills to succeed, but the mentor-ship to see themselves in these roles. This program focused on providing a supplementary after school curriculum in addition to the regular school day, to support students in areas whose schools otherwise could not.  

My role includes:

  • Designing and writing a year long after school curriculum on subjects in STEM for elementary to high school students

  • Teaching and directing high school students on how to be effective teachers and mentors as well as on the curriculum material

  • Budgeting, planning, and purchasing supplies to create self contained teaching "kits", to be delivered to each after school site

  • Creating lines of communication between myself, my students, and the adult instructors at site, which included receiving constant feedback to implement improvements to our program

    501(c)(3) non-profit

“The core belief behind the Warrior Movement is that – given the right resources and coaching – Pittsburgh teens can be highly effective educators, mentors, leaders, and community advocates.”
— http://neighborhoodlearning.org/
 

Carnegie Science Center:

June 2016 - August 2016

Summer Camps Intern

  • Created a new, week long Astronomy Camp for elementary students with a focus on stars, galaxies, and modern space missions

  • Lead lessons on how science is applicable to everyday life

  • Developed students curiosity and investigative skills through hands on projects and activities

  • Assisted in regular camp routines, organization, and planning


 

Research & Awards

 

Gaia Experiment

Analyzing Dark Matter density in nearby globular clusters

September 2018 - December 2018

Undergraduate Researcher

  • Use python to sort and analyze globular cluster mass and density, paying attention to the difference in the outer most layers and discrepancies in mass distribution

 
 
 
 

Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment 

Searching for top like fourth generational quarks & improving neutrino mass measurements

August 2017- August 2018

Undergraduate Researcher

  • Use C++ to create programs which allowed me to sort and organize relevant data

  • Create graphs, histograms, and other visulizations of results using the ROOT program

  • Utilize creative "slicing" techniques which enabled me to parse out significant data from the collection of recorded particle collisions

The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) is a general-purpose detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). It has a broad physics programme ranging from studying the Standard Model (including the Higgs boson) to searching for extra dimensions and particles that could make up dark matter.
— https://cms.cern/

Presentations and Awards

Secular Student Alliance Scholarship

Fall 2018

Excellence in Secular Student Activism and Involvement

Jennings Family Brave Companions Fund Scholarship Recipient

Summer 2018

TEAN Summer Study Abroad in Chiang Mai Thailand

3rd Place - APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

Spring 2018

"Reconstructing the Mass of Neutrinos in Search of the t' Quark"

Physics Poster Presentations Carnegie Mellon University

Spring 2018

"Reconstructing the Mass of Neutrinos in Search of the t' Quark"

Junior Colloquium Presentation Carnegie Mellon University

Fall 2017

"Leptonic and Quark Decay of Heavy Quarks, A Comparison"