Research

 

Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment 

Searching for top-like fourth generational quarks

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 visualizations 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/
 

Nonprofit & Education

 

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

Neighborhood Learning Alliance:

August 2016 - August 2018

STEM Coordinator

Some of the fastest-growing and highest-paying careers are in STEM-related fields. However, there are disproportionately few people of color in these fields. Keeping this in mind as the coordinator 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. Our goal was not only giving these students the knowledge and skills to have success in pursuing a career in STEM but the mentor-ship as well. 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 included:

  • Designing and writing a year-long after school curriculum on subjects in STEM for elementary to high school students on topics such as biology, chemistry, physics, and math

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

  • Budgeting, purchasing and organizing supplies to create self-contained teaching kits, to be housed at each after school site

  • Creating lines of communication between myself, my students, and the adult instructors at the sites, 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

 

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"