Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience

As a public information officer at the University of Washington, I host media training workshops for scientists in the College of Engineering. These interactive workshops give researchers skills to talk about their research to reporters.

At the University of Colorado Boulder, I taught students of all ages. See the list below for some examples:

  • Spring 2016 — I co-taught Science in the Public Sphere. This course helps senior STEM students learn to communicate their science outside of academia. As part of the course, students wrote a “white paper”. My job was to help them target their white paper to a specific audience.
  • Summer 2015 — I co-taught two biotechnology classes to high school students with Liz Specht through the CU Science Discovery program. These classes had a heavy laboratory component (students learned basic molecular biology and biochemistry laboratory techniques) and included a visit to a local biotech company, a career panel with scientists in various stages of their careers and independent projects where students designed their own organism to solve a global problem or debated on current ethical biotechnology issues.
    Sarah teaching high school students through CU Science Discovery
  • 2009-2015 — I worked in the SMART summer program. Ever year, I worked with ~25 STEM undergraduate students. I designed and taught workshops for poster presentation skills, grant writing, and experimental design. I also advised individual students on scientific writing and oral presentation skills and assisted students with the development of three minute “elevator” speeches.
  • 2008-2009 — I was a teaching assistant for General Chemistry and Honors General Chemistry. As a General Chemistry TA, I was responsible for running recitation and helping the students with the lab activity. I had similar roles for the Honors General Chemistry position but I also wrote my own recitation materials and lab questions for each exam.

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