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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
AAPT Teacher Professional Development Intern
American Association of Physics Teachers
Women in Physics are underrepresented, one need not to look further than a few statistics to see the data shows only 20% of Physics undergrad majors are female. APS and AAPT are doing something about this with STEP UP, a motivated group focused on achieving equal representation of minorities in the physics community. I’ve been a part of this organization since the internship began and focused on making a Podcast on what STEP UP is all about by interviewing STEP UP student ambassadors. Ambassadors can teach lessons on anything from careers in physics to women in physics or just spread the word about the group. We delved into their own work as well as their involvement with STEP UP. There are ways to spread the word about issues of inequality, I’m hoping the AAPT Physics Podcast can be one as well as provide useful information to the physics community about other organizations who make an impact.
I am currently a sophomore at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts studying Physics and business. I’ve loved teaching since high school and believe all of us as educators can improve on our pedagogical ideas and materials we use in the classroom; I am involved in a teacher advisory group where we do exactly these things! I was inspired by my high school physics teacher to choose this as my career path. He made the subject exciting and relatable, he brought out the best in students and they wanted to learn. All too often I see the opposite happening and believe through the work we do together as the SPS we can improve education across the entire US.
I am also involved in a fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha. This has afforded me countless opportunities to be involved in philanthropy and social events. Through this organization I am becoming a member on the Food Recovery Network team which brings unused food from WPI to local women’s shelters.
I had the opportunity to study abroad in Germany during my time at WPI. This experience was life changing as I learned a new language and traversed a culture that I never had before. I plan to continue experiencing different cultures around the world and love to travel.