Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience

As a public information officer at the University of Washington, I design and present media training workshops for scientists in the College of Engineering. These interactive workshops give researchers skills for talking 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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