Ariel Vaughn

Los Angeles, CA, US
Field of Work 
Physical chemistry, materials, inorganic chemistry
Keck Science Department at Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges
Job Title or "Student" 
Visiting Assistant Professor
University of Southern California
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
I am a Native American graduate student from a small town in central California. I am the first of my family to attend college and I received my BS in Chemistry from UC Davis in 2014. After school, I spent one year working at a pharmaceutical company and one year working in the stock room at a local community college. In June 2021, I will receive my Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and in July, I will be a Visiting Associate Professor within the Claremont Colleges.

I was a board member with USC's Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the Women in Chemistry program. In my time at USC, I started a summer science program for Native American middle schoolers and founded a research scholarship for community college students.

Some of the outreach related presentations I have provided include: speaking about graduate school and my research to a high school chemistry class, attending a career day event to promote women in STEM, providing workshops for community colleges, serving on graduate school panels, and reading a children's science book and presenting my research to elementary school students.

I am passionate about education and will be continuing my career by teaching and pursing chemical education research, trying to improve the way we teach chemistry to students.

In my spare time, I like to be active outdoors. I like hiking, camping, backpacking, and fishing. I am also an avid reader and and learner.
Reading, Travel
Race & Ethnicity 
American Indian or Alaska Native
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Job shadow, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model 3-4 times.
No Preference
Career exploration activities, Field trip hosting, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 
AAUW, Other
Other Program Affiliation 

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