Leadership Experience and Awards

Leadership Experience:

One aspect of graduate work in Dr. Rieker’s group that I grew to enjoy and would like to pursue in the future is leadership in a research environment.  Below are some bullets briefly describing these experiences.

  • Mentored 2 Ph.D. students, 4 undergraduates, 2 high school teams’ senior projects
  • Involved with hiring decisions of group’s postdocs, Ph.D. students, and undergraduates
  • Built up new research spectroscopic laboratory from scratch
  • Led equipment purchasing within specified budgets, experimental design and foresight, and subsequent collection of publishable data
  • Initiated development and design of extreme environment spectroscopic cell
  • Will result in new experimental focus within Rieker group at CU Boulder.
  • Supervised two successful spectroscopic field campaigns with hand-built instruments. Results: 1 published paper and another in preparation
  • Coordinated with NIST scientists, postdocs, facilities staff, and graduate students.
  • Have collaborated with NIST Boulder, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Colorado School of Mines
  • Invited to be on department’s graduate committee member for two years
  • Co-chaired 100+ person graduate student recruiting event
  • Chair of fundraising group for graduate student recruiting event
  • Invited to numerous information panels for incoming graduate students
  • Developed lecture for high school students on experimental design and fabrication


I have been fortunate to receive a few awards so far in my career, they are listed below:

University of Colorado Boulder-

  • NSF Graduate Fellowship honorable mention 2012
  • NIST Boulder fellowship 2012
  • Colorado Photonics Industrial Association Conference poster award winner
  • STaRS Symposium Best talk award winner
  • CU Energy Frontiers Conference People’s Choice award winner

San Diego State University:

  • Magna Cum Laude with distinction in physics
  • Won 1 of 10 awards out of 450 participants in 2012 Student Research Symposium