2020 Outreach Activities

In February 2020, I offered a CV/résumé and cover letter workshop to students, staff, and interns at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity. The workshop included lectures, group discussions, and peer-review.

Outreach Activities During PhD

I am a former member of the Evolution Outreach Group at Yale University.

Yale Peabody Museum Gallery Talk: Story of the Coelacanth
In May 2018 I gave a Gallery Talk at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History on Yale’s unique coelacanth specimen, collected in 1966. With the use of museum fossils, photographs, and a mount of our coelacanth specimen, dozens of members of the public heard the story of the scientific discovery of the coelacanth in 1938 and learned about Yale’s involvement in coelacanth research.


Yale’s Coelacanth model. Image courtesy of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Featured Research for the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB)
My research was featured for the South African National Research Foundation’s Third Quarterly Research Report. You can read the report here: SAIAB Featured research Jessica Glass Q3 2015 16

Blog Post for the Explorers Club
I wrote a short blog post featured on the Explorers Club’s website, which can be found here.

National Science Week – South Africa
Served as a judge for Eskom’s Expo for Young Scientists at the Grahamstown Regional Fair. Also developed an interactive activity for SciFest’s Community Science Awareness Day on August 2nd, 2015. The activity, called “One Fish, Two Fish, What are you Fish?” allowed children and adults to touch, examine, and identify preserved fish specimens and describe the similarities and differences between closely related species.

I was also featured in the Grahamstown Newspaper, Grocott’s Mail, for my fellowship at SAIAB and involvement in National Science Week.

Mentor: Women in Science at Yale.
Serve as a graduate student mentor for a sophomore in Yale college interested in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Give advice on summer internships, grants, coursework, and research opportunities.

Mentor: New Haven Science Fair.
Mentored 7th and 8th grade female students at Clemente Leadership Academy from November 2014 – May 2015. Assisted students once a week with project design, data collection, experiment setup, data analyses and presentation of results at the science fair. The 7th grade team won second place!

Evolutions After School Program, Peabody Museum of Natural History
Gave a presentation to talented New Haven high school students about fisheries research and career opportunities in marine biology. Through an in-class activity, students discussed various fisheries management scenarios in order to invoke critical thinking about managing natural resources. Also escorted students to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT and assisted with a shark dissection project.

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
Participated in three sessions at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History teaching middle schoolers how to interpret a phylogenetic tree, along with an activity building a tree using morphological characters from primate skulls.

Outreach Activities During MSc

Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair
Mentored a high school freshman conducting laboratory research at the NOAA Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau, AK. Assisted student with project design, data collection, experiment set-up, data analysis, and presentation of results at the annual Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair. Student won the “Statistics Award” for his project.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska
Helped plan and participate in an afternoon event for 10 kids, ranging from 8-14 years old, and their big brother/sister. Helped design and run interactive stations for students to look at underwater video footage, fish dissections, use microscopes, dichotomous keys, and food webs.

Kodiak High School
Along with a fellow UAF graduate student, I delivered a presentation to Kodiak High School students in two courses: Biology, and Maritime Science and Technology. We discussed our own research projects, career opportunities in marine science, and developed an in-class activity to encourage students to think about solving problems in the marine environment.

Public Lectures during MSc

Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center’s Brown Bag Seminar Lunch Series, Juneau, AK
Presentation: “Fish and invertebrates living on Alaskan weathervane scallop beds”
September 4, 2013

Brown Bag Lunch Series at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, Homer, AK
Presentation: “Dredging up details about the Alaskan weathervane scallop fishery”
February 28, 2014

Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium, Kodiak, AK
Oral Presentation: Variation in benthic species associated with weathervane scallop beds off Kodiak Island
April 23, 2014

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