In addition to standard research talks, I also speak on leadership topics though my service activities.

Data Science For Social Impact

Big Data for Social Good

Time & Location: Friday October 30, 1:30-2:50pm, NSBE Region 1 FRC


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Here's a collection of influential articles discussing impact and issues surrounding using big data for social good and some additional resources to get and stay involved.


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Research Experience For Undergraduates Applications


I completed a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in summer 2007 and have hosted three packed application workshops as a graduate student.  This workshop is catered to students who have an interest in doing research and a general idea of what research is.  This workshop focuses on the components of an application and how to find an appropriate REU site and faculty mentor.  It has typically been hosted with assistance of a number of students who have completed REUs to provide individual feedback on draft application materials, but could be done in a peer review format, or without the working session.

##Sample Abstract A research experience for undergraduates can be a great way to spend a summer.  These paid programs typically provide housing and a stipend while exposing you to what life as a graduate researcher is like and building technical skills. Getting into a program can be competitive though.  In this workshop we’ll break down what each component of a typical application really means, and provide best practices for preparing your own application.  We will give dos & don’ts through examples and help give you the right questions to answer to make a strong application.  We will also cover how to find a good REU site- just finding the right research project can be challenging before your have had research experience.


Northeastern University, Student Research Engagement Committee (targeted to 1st year students) Jan 2013, November 2013, November 2014

Intro to LaTeX

This is a hands-on workshop I have delivered on multiple occasions.  In this workshop, I provide an introduction and motivation for why $latex LaTeX$ is an important tool to know for engineering students and especially those interested in research.  Then we work through the components of a $latex LaTeX$ project using a sample physics lab report as an example to expose a number of features.  This is a hands-on workshop, so participants must have computers with internet access in order to reach the tutorial materials and practice along the way.  All tutorial activities take place within the browser, leveraging a cloud-based {% raw %}$\LaTeX$ {% endraw %}compiler and editing environment, so an ongoing internet connection is required for the duration of the workshop.   This workshop is best for 90 minute blocks, but can be shortened or lengthened.  It is easiest for people with some programming experience, any language so as to be familiar with core programming concepts (editor, compiler, debugging, etc) but does not require any $latex LaTeX$ experience or specific language experience.

#Sample Abstract

Have you ever struggled to put together a lab report, fighting the equation editor in your word processor every step of the way?  Are you on the way to your first technical publication, but having trouble getting the template for Word to cooperate?  Are you planning to go to graduate school and looking for a pain-free way to manage all of your writing?  If yes to any of these, $latex LaTeX$ is the tool for you. $latex LaTeX$ is a programming language it can do everything a standard language can, but it’s designed for producing beautiful documents.  When you compile, the result is a well formatted, consistent pdf, with all the features you could want.  In this tutorial, we’ll start from zero, and get you up to speed with $latex LaTeX$ basics and you’ll leave with a number of resources to keep working on your own and become a master of well formatted documents.  If you’re not a programmer, don’t worry, $latex LaTeX$ is simple to learn and can be used for just basics or to create documents as complex as you want.

Using Twitter to Empower Minority Women in STEM

Time & Location: Thursday, February 19, 2015 7:30-8:15, Gloucester/Newberry [check Tapia schedule for updates]

This session will highlight how to use Twitter as a platform to explore prime opportunities with a unique reflective format based on experiences of the NSBE Empowering African American Women in STEM Task Force. According to the Pew Internet Research Project, 40% of the African-American female population who use social networking sites, use on Twitter. As a result, to build awareness for the initiative and generate momentum, the task force hosted several Twitter chats. While a Twitter chat is largely an unstructured conversation, the open social nature produces a better response than a survey. Participants will leave with a guide to facilitate their own Twitter chats and a better perspective on how to use digital communities in order to facilitate a discussion in real-time. By encouraging engagement, we hope to demonstrate the livelihood of the community of Minority women in STEM.



Top Anecdotal challenges:


  • Students confidence in subjects such as Math & Science
  • Exposure, being introduced to a VARIETY of STEM fields


  • Not enough mentors to help female students throughout the school year
  • not enough exposure to the different career fields


  • Job Promotions
  • Resources to advance their knowledge in the field
  • There aren’t many minority women becoming faculty members

Where we are now:

  • African American and Latina women earned just 2.8% of engineering degrees in 2012, despite comprising approximately 15% of the US population, these numbers decline at the MS (1.9%) and PhD (1.4%) levels [NSF]
  • 18.9% of all engineering degrees were awarded to women, but 26.5% of engineering degrees awarded to African Americans and 22% of degrees awarded to Hispanics went to women [NSF]
  • Many studies and intervention programs are designed around understanding issues related to race or gender, few address the needs of underrepresented women specifically.

How to Run a Twitter Chat:

by Khalia Braswell

What is a Twitter chat?

A Twitter chat is a live, real-time discussion taking place via twitter messages. Each twitter chat uses a specific hashtag (#_____), and each participant can contribute to the conversation by adding comments using the hashtag #______.

Deciding on a hashtag

Due to the short nature of Twitter messages, your chat hashtag should be short, yet relevant. Including the word ‘chat’ helps people who weren’t aware of your chat join the conversation; however, it is not a requirement. The main goal is to make it something easy to add to each tweet without creating confusion.

What to expect from a twitter chat

An exchange of ideas exploring thoughts to move forward a network of people in your research area (PI’s, researchers, students, etc.) who are interested in exploring related topics.


You will ask a series of questions during the hour long chat. The question format will look something like this:

Q1: Why is diversity in tech important to you?

Participants can respond by clicking Reply or using A1(as in Answer 1) and type in the rest of their tweet, making sure they don’t forget the chat hashtag. You will keep the questions going during the hour, and ask each one after a round of answers have been received. You can retweet the responses or click “reply” to any tweets by other participants that you want to respond to in order to keep the dialogue going.

Introducing yourself & sharing your ideas:

At the beginning, you will ask everyone to introduce themselves and their work.  You’ll have a chance to say something like this:

Our project aims to get more women in technology. Visit our site after the chat to learn more! #WIS

At the end of the chat, give everyone a chance to mention any upcoming events they have. The chat will be ongoing, so if you don’t cover something you wanted to discuss, you could save it for another chat.

Gaining chat participants:

A great way to gain chat participants is to reach out to people in your community. You can find out if they have a twitter presence and ask them to join your conversation. Send them sample tweets to use to help promote; the easier you make it for them, the better. Once you solidify the questions you will ask during the chat, send that out to the people who have agreed to participate so that they can prompt their answers in advance. Be sure to inform them to wait until your twitter account asks the question before they post their answer.

Sample instructions on how to participate in a Twitter chat

General information:

@NSBE will lead the chat and tweet the questions (make sure you’re following @nsbe). To see what others are saying, search #AAWiSTEM (or click here: #AAWiSTEM). Feel free to engage with others and retweet responses! It all helps the conversation engage more people.

During the Chat:

  1. Each question will have a number (i.e. Q1). Please respond with A1 so that we know what you're referencing!
  2. If you are tweeting from a locked account, we won't see it!
  3. Make sure to tweet using the hashtag #AAWiSTEM so we can keep track of your responses. We will use your quotes as part of our wrap up

Our Twitter Chat Summaries:

Empowering #AAWiSTEM

#AAWiSTEM Policy Chat

Hybrid #UWiSTEMbof Chat during Tapia 2015