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Alterra S.

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-University of Maryland, College Park, MD Currently working towards candidacy: Marine Estuarine & Environmental Science Doctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry August 2016 - Present -San Diego State University, San Diego, CA B.S. Biology with a Minor in Chemistry; May 2015 GPA: 3.73 -Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA A.A. University Transfer Studies in Biology; May 2012 GPA: 3.78


I have tutored chemistry for nursing, general, inorganic, and organic chemistry. I have tutored ESL and foreign exchange students. I have also provided tutorial services to 1st-12th grade Native American students through the AIR program in math, biology, chemistry and English. As a mentor, I helped 6th-12th grade Native students prepare for college by assisting in AIR workshops, giving presentations, and offering general guidance in preparing and applying to a 4 year university. I was an original co-founder of Making Waves, a student run outreach program where college students teach K-12 students about marine systems through interactive activities. I was a project leader, creator, and activity organizer. I have taught the laboratory section of Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology, a major course at UMCP. Currently, I teach the laboratory section of World of Biology, a class for nonmajors. I also mentor high school girls at Elizabeth Seton High School through the LEAD program via email about how to prepare for college, how to get into research, and sharing what it is like being a graduate student in science. SELECTED GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program September 2016 – Present • University of Maryland College Park • “The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the U.S. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students..." Undergraduate Research Fellowship September 2013 – May 2015 • San Diego State University • Provided by Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC), funded by the National Institute of Health. • Two year research fellowship for undergraduates that prepares students for their transfer into a doctorate program following their bachelor’s degree. Summer REU Summer 2013 • Completed at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, funded by the National Science Foundation. • Calibrated a CO2 and pH sensor in order to measure dissolved inorganic carbon flux from a salt marsh to the coastal ocean. SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS 1st Annual Betty Joe Crawford Memorial Award May 2015 • For recognition of commitment to mentoring, outreach, and outstanding contribution to further the advancement of others in the STEM fields. Best Student Poster Award April 2015 • Southern California Society of Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry Meeting. Outstanding Student Presentation Award February 2014 • Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii • Only 19 out of almost 5000 presentations were given this award Barry Goldwater Scholarship April 2014 • Honorable Mention • The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Fellow Travel Award September 2013 • Abstract competition for REU summer research. • Travel, registration, accommodations, and food paid in full for ASLO’s Ocean Science Meeting 2014. SELECTED COURSEWORK BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL&MOLEC BIO II – A ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II – A ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY – A SCIENTIFIC WRITING – A UNIV STATISTICAL METH IN BIOLOGY – A ADVANCED PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY – A UNDERGRAD HONORS RESEARCH – A GPA: 3.73 MAY 19, 2015 AWARDED BACHELOR'S BS MAGNA CUM LAUDE BIOLOGY - WITH DISTINCTION MINOR - CHEMISTRY Selected graduate courses: INTERCONNECTED EARTH SYSTEMS – A CHEMISTRY OF NATURAL WATERS – B For my information about myself and my work, please see my website:


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