BJS - Outreach


Stanford Chemistry Outreach Program

Co-founder and Co-coordinator, 2009 - 2012

In 2009, in collaboration with Jen Schwartz, Lecturer in Stanford Chemistry, we founded a departmental high school outreach program. The program's goal is to brings hands-on guided inquiry lab experiences to local high schools that would otherwise not be possible with the limited equipment and supplies available. These labs are designed to match the California Curriculum Standards and are presented with an emphasis on how these concepts apply in practical world scenarios. Local high school students have the opportunity to engage with graduate students and learn about scientific careers, as well as college experiences as a whole, while participating graduate students gained valuable teaching experience. Our first event was done at American High School in Fremont, CA, in collaboration with teacher Gary Benz.  

Along with fellow graduate student Sarah Sherlock, we continued to coordinate the program, which involved writing guided inquiry labs, coordinating with new schools, organizing graduate student volunteers, and leading the activities on-site. The program continues to successfully expand to multiple local schools and provides a range of laboratory options that can be tailored to a particular curriculum. For more information, and example laboratory activities, see

Additional Outreach and Service


Advisory Board Member, Cornell University Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CU-CIRTL) (2014 –present)

Providing overall guidance and direction for the CU-CIRTL program in their mission to prepare graduate students and postdocs for the future professoriate.


Outreach Volunteer, Expanding Your Horizons 
(April 2015 Cornell, April 2014 Cornell, March 2009 San Jose State University)

Ran chemistry demonstrations and activities to engage female elementary students in science


Community Associate, Residential Life, Stanford University (2009 – 2011)

Mediated basic residential conflicts, organized social events and served as a representative for a graduate housing neighborhood on Stanford’s campus.


President, Georgetown Chemistry Club (2004 – 2005)

Director, Georgetown Chemistry Peer Tutoring Program (2004 – 2005)

Organized student tutoring program, as well as help run some departmental social events, such as the end of the year BBQ