Courses at UNIST
Mentoring Students @ Harvard and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Latino Initiative Program (SAO/LIP)
In the summer of 2020, I was a mentor for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Latino Initiative Program (SAO/LIP), which targets talented undergraduate science majors who participate in the Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Programs located on the campuses of the University of Massachusetts. The students have the opportunity to work on a summer research project at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. My student (Alberto Chavez) studied the variability of star formation in simulated galaxies. I strongly support this and similar programs because it provides scientific research for minority students and thereby helps building a more inclusive environment.
Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP)
In the academic year of 2018/19, I was also a mentor for the Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP), which provides an opportunity for high-school juniors and seniors to work on a year-long independent research project in astrophysics under the guidance of an astrophysicist. My two students from a local public high school successfully implemented a simple galaxy growth model and presented their work at a professional seminar. I strongly support this and similar programs because it exposes high-school students to authentic research experiences and therefore encourages them to major in STEM fields in colleges. It also helps students to transition into colleges and to be independent learners and thinkers.