Spring 2017


Past Interns

Spring 2016

Community Outreach Intern
Sarah Bosch is a Neuroscience and Cognitive Science major and Music minor in her junior year at
the University of Arizona. The spring of 2016 is her first semester working with the WISE program, and
she couldn’t be more excited! During her time as a Community Outreach intern, Sarah plans to
focus her efforts on organizing exciting events for Tucson youth (that you can learn
more about here and here) with the goal of increasing STEMM engagement and excitement in
those that participate.

In her time away from WISE, Sarah loves practicing the flute, hiking, and playing in rugby games.
After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school and one day pursue her passion of practicing
pediatric medicine and supporting healthy development. If you are interested in
learning more about the events Sarah is organizing or getting involved, you can contact her


Community Outreach Intern
Rachel Bear is a freshman in the Honors College at the University of Arizona studying Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and Molecular and Cellular Biology. Rachel is very excited to get more involved on campus and in the community with WISE. She loves science, and even more, loves working with kids and getting them engaged in STEM. On campus Rachel is a member of Kindness which does community service projects with Ben’s Bells, and she participates in the Blue Chip Program. Outside of school Rachel loves hiking, playing tennis, and is up for any kind of adventure. Rachel is also very crafty and spends any free time she has on Pinterest.

Rachel is working this semester with the Women in Optics to help plan optics outreach events and trainings for students. If you would like to get involved in optics outreach or are interested in volunteering at any events please contact Rachel at

Communitiy & Campus Outreach Intern
Emily Luu is a sophomore at the University of Arizona majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics. She wants to encourage young kids' enthusiasm for STEM subjects. Along with her interests in computational sciences, Emily enjoys soccer, cooking, and working with animals.

During the spring 2016, she will be working with Manzo Elementary's Science Club and Mansfield Middle School's Robotics Club, as well as helping coordinate on-campus events for UA students. If you're interested in learning more about these clubs or about WISE, contact Emily at


Public Relations Intern
Christina Loera is a sophomore at the University of Arizona. She is majoring in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, and minoring in Mathematics. She is a math tutor at Mansfeld Middle School and a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the ASCEND team for aeronautic and atmospheric research. She loves working with middle school students and hopes to encourage young women to pursue their STEM dreams and to face challenges with courage and optimism. Christina loves coffee, black and white movies, wandering around outside, and going to bookstores. She has a special place in heart for quirky animals, weird art and courageous young women.

Christina is serving as the spring Public Relations Intern for Women in Science and Engineering, with an emphasis in corporate and community partnership. If you are interested in becoming one of WISE’s valuable partners, please contact her at

Schoolyard Biodiversity Inventories Program Workstudy Student
Carly Herndon is a senior at the University of Arizona. She is studying Environmental Science with a focus in Science and Policy. As someone who finds STEM education very important, Carly is very excited to be working on the Schoolyard Biodiversity Inventories Program. She hopes to work in a field relating to natural resources when she graduates. Carly loves hiking, golfing, rock climbing, and exercising.

If you are interested in learning more about the Schoolyard Biodiversity Inventories Program please contact Carly at


Fall 2015

Community Outreach Intern
Karen Ruggaard is a sophomore at the University of Arizona majoring in
Engineering Management.  She loves working with kids and hopes to get today’s
youth excited about science technology, engineering, math, and medicine through
her work with WISE.  When she’s not helping get young people excited about STEM
fields and careers, Karen enjoys traveling, crafting, and eating!  

During fall 2015, Karen served as our Community Outreach Intern. In this
position, she helped organize the two Expanding Your Horizons conferences.


Programmatic Intern
Fiona Smeaton is an Environmental Studies major in her senior year at the University of Arizona.
She plans to graduate in December 2015 and continue to study her passions of conservation and
geography. Fiona has been part of WISE since spring 2015 and has focused her work on the
Schoolyard Biodiversity Inventories Program. She worked with teachers at Manzo and Borton
elementary schools and employees of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to start this program,
which aims to increase K-12 students’ knowledge of and interest in issues of biodiversity
conservation by helping them conduct biodiversity inventories on their school campuses. You can
read more about this program here.  
During fall 2015, Fiona is served as a Programmatic Intern, working to expand the Schoolyard
Biodiversity Inventories Program to new schools throughout Tucson.