Girls’ Outdoor Adventure in Leadership and Science (GOALS)
I am a co-founder of Girls’ Outdoor Adventure in Leadership and Science (GOALS), a free summer science program for high school girls, gender-expansive, and non-binary youth, to learn science hands-on while backpacking through Sequoia National Park. In a two-week immersive program led by UC Davis and National Park scientists, GOALS scholars learn how to design and conduct field-based scientific experiments while developing leadership and outdoor skills. GOALS is a unique collaboration between UC Davis and Sequoia National Park, and has been funded by the National Geographic Society, the American Association of University Women, and the John Muir Institute for the Environment at UC Davis.
Science Informed Leadership
In 2016, I co-founded Science Informed Leadership with a group of UC Davis graduate students, united by our concern that cabinet officials and other Senate-confirmed executive branch leaders did not have appropriate expertise in their field of governance. To address this issue, promoted grassroots organization by graduate students across the country to advocate for the appointment of executive branch leaders with a demonstrated track record of evidence-based governance that is rooted in scientific evidence. We wrote and organized communications materials for people across the US to contact their senator, and developed a user-friendly app to easily generate letters and a phone script. Our materials and app are now being taken over by the Union of Concerned Scientists!
I was incredibly lucky to have wildly intelligent, supportive, and strong women mentors as an undergraduate student finding my way in the world. I am committed to paying that forward and have mentored more than ten undergraduate students in internships and independent research projects.