"Disciplina praesidium civitatis" - Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy.
2010 - B.A. in Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin 2013 - M.S. in Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin 2021 - PhD in Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago
I maintain an active role within the broader academic community. I am particularly interested in improving and promoting minority participation within academia and biology/geology in general. For me diversity is an all-inclusive term to include historically recognized under-represented minority groups as well as representation of students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. As a first-generation, Mexican-American Ph.D. student from an underprivileged socioeconomic background, I focus my interest on working with undergraduates and early-career graduate students, from all backgrounds, by providing guidance and support for working through the process of becoming a professional scientist and academic. I stood as an officer with the Multicultural Graduate Community at the University of Chicago (2015-2016).
In addition to minority participation, I work to serve professional scientific organizations. I am presently the graduate student representative for the Development Committee for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. To date I have helped fund raise over $150,000, the vast majority of that has been contributed to the Steven Cohen Award for Student Research. Starting in October of 2015 we named the first recipient of this award. At present the award is sufficiently funded to provide at least one annual reward into perpetuity. I continue to work with the committee to fund raise for this award our goal is to provide two annual rewards into perpetuity to support undergraduate and graduate research in vertebrate paleontology. I served previously as an elected Graduate Student Member on the Board of Directors for the Texas Academy of Science (2012-2013).
I am also a big fan of The Beatles, auto racing, cheesy action novels, the Dallas Mavericks, and Texas Longhorns Football.