MENTORSHIP

TRAINING & SPONSORSHIP OF MENTEES

 
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Throughout my career,
I have benefitted from many rich mentorships.

My mentors encouraged me to think imaginatively beyond traditional ideas and to explore my scientific curiosities. This has sent me on great scientific adventures and life experiences that have holistically shaped my outlook on research and mentorship. I think it is critical to foster a welcoming environment with varied perspectives to better generate ideas and unconventional approaches for research. Moreover, it is empowering to have relatable role models as a support system. I deeply appreciate my mentors’ efforts and hope to similarly impart perennial scientific excitement and scholarship to others as they have to me. To this end, I have actively mentored students throughout my academic career. As my mentees scientifically progressed, it became equally gratifying to see my excitement for research transferred and equally motivating for me to better develop an effective teaching pedagogy.


mentorship is a two-way conversation.

Effective mentorship lies in continued feedback between the mentor and mentee as the relationship evolves. To address the changing needs of the mentee, the mentor must provide commitment to discussion and open lines of communication. As a graduate student, I developed a reflection form with my advisor, and I continue to use this form with my current mentees regularly. Let me know if you adopt this reflection form in your own mentorship endeavors and I’d enjoy discussing with you in person!


As a professor, I will continue to place importance on mentorship.

A major goal is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers who can effectively tackle challenges in various environments. Importantly, I support the concept of sponsorship.

 CURRENT MENTEES

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Mel Guo
undergraduate researcher, undeclared
Stanford University, 2018-now
Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine for Human Health (ChEM-H) undergraduate scholar

Kathy Liu
undergraduate, Material Science and Engineering
Stanford University, 2017-now
This work was selected for Stanford Polymer Collective Second Place Poster Award and Outstanding Presenter in the Physical Science Award at the Stanford Research Conference

Cheli (Sara) Ruth
graduate researcher, Chemical Engineering
Stanford University, 2017-now

Vivian R. Feig
graduate researcher, Material Science and Engineering
Stanford University, 2016-now
This work was selected for the Stimuli Responsive Symposium Poster Award


 
 

 FORMER MENTEES

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Sara Ha
graduate researcher, Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University, 2018
Currently a Mechanical Engineering graduate student at Stanford (Fu-Kuo Chang lab)

Yu Long
undergraduate, Material Science and Engineering
Tsinghua University, 2017
Currently a Material Science and Engineering graduate student at UC Berkeley (Liwei Lin lab)

Harrison Bergman
undergraduate, Chemical Engineering
Columbia University, 2014-16
Harrison presented a poster of this work at the ACS Boston 2015 conference.
Currently a Chemical Engineering graduate student at UC Berkeley (Don Tilley lab)

Abir Abdullah
high school student
ELLIS Preparatory Academy, 2015
ACS Project SEED program for economically disadvantaged high school students

Liutauras Rusaitis
masters student, Physics
City College of New York, CUNY, 2014-15
Currently a Earth and planetary science graduate student at UCLA

Sam Sanders
graduate researcher, Chemistry
Columbia University, 2013-15
Currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Rowland Institute (Dan Congreve lab)

Spencer Brucks
graduate researcher, Chemistry
Columbia University, 2013-15
Currently a postdoctoral fellow at MIT (Laura Kiessling lab)

Jessica Freyer
graduate researcher, Chemistry
Columbia University, 2013-15
Currently a life science consultant at Putnam Associates

Doreen Chan
undergraduate, Chemistry
California Institute of Technology, 2012
This work was selected for Caltech’s Undergraduate Journal summer 2014-15.
Currently a Chemistry graduate student at Stanford University (Eric Appel lab)

Yivan Jiang
undergraduate, Chemistry
Columbia University, 2011-14
Currently a Chemistry graduate student at MIT (Jeremiah Johnson lab)

Maryam Yoon
undergraduate, Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011

Samuel Ho
undergraduate, Chemistry
University of California—Berkeley, 2009-11
This work was selected for the UC Berkeley Nanoforum First Place Poster Award
Currently a Chemistry graduate student at Caltech (Dave Tirrell lab)