Advising, Workshops, Meetings
As a postdoc I've advised several undergraduate students, who have also taught me a lot along the way.
While at Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, I worked with Bryce Van Ross of Pasadena City College, now at Cal State LA, over the summer of 2017. You can see his end-of-summer research talk here. A few weeks after the summer program ended, Bryce was the only undergraduate to give a talk at ExSoCal! Bryce will be presenting his research at the 2018 Winter AAS meeting, too.
From left to right, Bryce, me, Jeff Rich, and Cal State East Bay undergraduate student Aracely Cobos (another of our undergraduate interns over the summer in 2017), after Bryce and Aracely presented at the CAMPARE Symposium in August.
For all of 2017 I have been working with Rachel Johnson, a post-baccalaureate from the University of Toledo, whom I met while she was interning at NASA Ames. Rachel should have a paper coming out soon, and is applying to graduate school this fall; look out for her application!
While at Carnegie DTM, in the spring of 2015 I worked with Ryan Hubbard from Howard University worked with me for a semester, after which he was accepted as a rising sophomore to the University of Wisconsin-Madison REU program. Now Ryan is a graduate student at in the University of Michigan Applied Physics program, so cool! In the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016 I worked with University of Maryland undergraduate Junellie Gonzalez Quiles in a year-long project (check her out below, preparing our experiment for the piston cylinder, and here!), after which she was accepted to the Cornell REU program to work on exoplanet atmospheres with Lisa Kaltenegger! Look out for Junellie's published work soon.
I helped organize the !mpostor Syndrome workshop at the Winter 2015 AAS Meeting, and have since given a version of the workshop at Carnegie DTM and various other institutions.
Applying to graduate school in astronomy can be scary and confusing, at least it was for me. I put together a presentation of information and tips about this process, as well as some great resources created by many others, here. I also suggest reading Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein's posts here, here, and here.
One of the best experiences of my professional life was attending the Inclusive Astronomy meeting in June 2015 at Vanderbilt University. You can check out my Storify for more information and some of the discussions that occured at the meeting. I also keep a list of resources related to equity, inclusion, and diversity here.