Advocacy and Mentoring through SACNAS

I am a proud member of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science and founding member of the SACNAS at UCI graduate chapter. Through this wonderful organization, I have connected with mentors and have made strong connections with peers. I serve as a graduate student representative for UC Irvine at the annual conference. As a current graduate student, I am able to provide prospective students a more holistic view of the campus climate and the opportunities available on our campus

Community Outreach

Through SACNAS at UCI, I have organized outreach events in the local K-12 community. In 2017, graduate students and post-docs from UCI participated as panelists on Senior Exit interviews at Godinez Fundamental High School (GFHS) in Santa Ana, CA. In August 2017, I led an art and science lesson about the Solar System in my son's 3rd grade Spanish Dual-Immersion classroom and viewed the 2017 Solar Eclipse (generously donated by Astronomers Without Borders). Our chapter has established an outreach relationship with GFHS to bring their students to the UCI campus for behind the scenes lab tours and a mini-conference about STEM educational opportunities.

Competitive Edge Peer Mentor

Mentored incoming graduate students participating in the Competitive Edge Summer Research Program (2014-2017). The program is designed to support entering graduate students from diverse backgrounds who plan to prepare for an academic career. Participants are provided with the opportunity to conduct research during the summer and attend professional development workshops.  

MCSB Mathematics Tutor

The Mathematical, Computational and Systems Biology PhD program at UC Irvine provides students from a variety of educational backgrounds with training suitable for research careers in the nascent field of Systems Biology. The program emphasizes in-depth classroom study, interdisciplinary research rotations, and individualized advising. Incoming students participate in an intensive weeklong math "bootcamp." 

COSMOS Teaching Assistant

In the summer of 2014, I was a teaching assistant for COSMOS Cluster 3: Tissue and tumor biology & mathematical/computer modeling. The mission of the California Summer School for Mathematics and Science is to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will become leaders for California, the nation, and the world. UCI hosts talented high school students from California for summer research experience with distinguished faculty.  


2017 Solar Eclipse at Valinda

2017 Solar Eclipse at Valinda



Teaching Assistant:

  • Physiology Lab (E 112L); Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015

  • Human Physiology (E 109); Spring 2015

  • Biomechanics (E 139); Spring 2016, Spring 2017

  • Extreme Environments (E 155); Fall 2017

  • Exercise Physiology (E 139); W 2018

Instructional Aide: K-5, Roosevelt Elementary School, Pomona, CA; 2008-2012