Graduating chemical engineering senior at the University of Oklahoma with a focus on biotechnology. I enjoy participating in leadership activities, and ethics and purpose drive everything I do. I hope to be involved in the biomedical, biotechnology, or chemical industry to help people and the environment.
I have worked the past two summers as an intern with Charlesson/EyeCRO LLC, a biotechnology company based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At that internship, I worked with several pieces of equipment including a viscometer, nanoparticle sizer, LC-MS system, and TECAN robotic workstation to create and scale-up drug formulations in batch to create microemulsion solutions used to deliver drugs as eyedrops. I also conducted histological analysis on digital cross-sections of mouse eye cell layers in order to determine drug efficacy. This led to involvement with a study on the correlation between retinal degeneration and over-expression of retinol binding protein-4 (RBP4) on transgenic mice, where I assisted with digital histological analysis of every mouse specimen. Prior to this internship experience, I gained exposure to the basics of the research laboratory environment as an undergraduate research assistant under Dr. Vassilios Sikavitsas in a bone cancer research laboratory. As an undergraduate research assistant, I learned skills such as sterile technique, cell culturing, and cryopreservation. I also had the opportunity to develop an experiment to quantify the DNA content in cell lines using Quant-iT PicoGreen dsDNA assay kits.
Outside of professional experience, I have enjoyed serving in various leadership roles since high school. At Booker T. Washington High School I was part of student council and a group called Teen Advisory Board, where we hosted events such as a celebration for the 40th anniversary of desegregation, a Tulsa mayoral candidate debate, and a naturalization ceremony for new American citizens. At the University of Oklahoma, I have taken on different campus roles including Academic Affairs committee chair for the Undergraduate Student Congress, where I led a team of 10 individuals to improve quality of academic services at OU, including revamping the advising system. I have been involved with my social fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, previously serving as the chapter secretary where I kept records of all 150+ members, took notes at every meeting, and acted as liaison with all other Greek organizations on campus. I have also been involved in international organizations like the Global Engagement Fellowship, where I was selected to be a part of the inaugural class of a globally-focused program and scholarship that promoted international relations and appreciation for different cultures. I am also a member of the Diversity & Inclusion/Multicultural Engineering Program, where I meet with engineering students of different backgrounds to encourage and provide underrepresented students with resources to succeed in engineering. Lastly, I have been heavily involved with the OU chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. I have previously served as Historian, keeping records of attendance at all events and taking photos at every event. I currently serve as Internal Vice President, where I plan and coordinate all conference travel and registration, work with the treasurer and university to ensure we are within budget, and act as liaison between AIChE and the College of Engineering and university. I have attended the 2016 AIChE Mid-America Student Conference in Tulsa, OK, the 2016 AIChE National Student Conference in San Francisco, CA, coordinated the travel and registration to the 2017 AIChE National Student Conference in Minneapolis, MN, and am currently coordinating the travel and registration to the 2018 AIChE Mid-America Student Conference in Stillwater, OK.
Personally, I greatly enjoy creative endeavors such as fashion, music, writing, and photography. I love traveling to new places to meet people of different backgrounds and trying food from different cultures. When I find myself in a new city, I love to explore without restriction, allowing myself to stumble upon people, places, and events that I will never forget.