I have tried to pursue opportunities to combine science and policy in my work and academics. After I graduated from IU, I joined Teach for America as a corps member in Indianapolis. I taught high school science for two years at EmmerichManual High School and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marian University. Now, I am in my second year of law school at Duke University, where I am also pursuing a Master of Arts in Bioethics and Science Policy. I spent my first summer in law school working on climate change law and policy research at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and I will spend my second summer working in corporate law at a firm in Chicago. After law school, I will spend one year clerking for a federal judge in Raleigh, North Carolina before continuing my legal career. All of these opportunities have been very different from each other, but each has been both challenging and rewarding.
What would you want to tell current PACE students about engagement and professional development?
I think it's important to take advantage of the variety of ways to engage with PACE--academics, department-sponsored extracurriculars, and student groups. Also, sometimes it can be hard for students to figure out how to get involved off-campus, so I encourage students to use the opportunities created by PACE to connect with the greater Bloomington community. Finally, take advantage of opportunities to connect with PACE faculty--they are incredibly supportive and knowledgeable.