Diversity in scholarship and diversity in scholars
Despite not attaining secondary education, my parents are the most well-educated people I know. Through school, I embodied their learning process–– their curiosity, critical thinking, and tenacity. Eventually, I learned that the key to their knowledge was also their lived experiences. Now, as an educator and scientist, I believe that key to improving equity in the science is to advocate for diversity in scholarship and diversity in scholars.
To improve diversity in the sciences, as scientists we must advocate and work, with an intersectional lens, to diminish the barriers to entering. In particular, it is important to mentor, train, and support students, regardless of their academic background and experience, in field and lab research. Therefore, as a graduate student I have invested time and resources to recruit research assistants, both high school and undergraduate students, in field and lab settings. Specifically, since I work in agricultural systems, I bring students from the local, rural community into my research.
So it is my pleasure to highlight some of the amazing undergraduate and high school student research assistants I have worked with and continue work with in my research.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
And many more, including Christina Fuentes, Aaron McDowell-Sanchez, Neena Mohan, Josh Karalis, Monica Lee Wilkinson...
High School Student Research Assistants
Play our field car's theme song!