We firmly believe that scientists have an obligation to disseminate knowledge and skills to the public. Dr. Kemp is particularly interested in engaging demographics underrepresented in the sciences, including but not limited to: women, ethnic minorities, and individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Dr. Kemp has had a lifelong passion for outreach and education. She is an ambassador for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. She connects with K-12 educators in order to teach students about the vertebrate fossil record and the history of life on Earth, and regularly speaks at local schools. She is also an instructor in the UTeach program, which trains future STEM educators. Starting in Spring 2021, she will teach a graduate-level course entitled Broader impacts in STEM, which will help students develop strategies to engage diverse audiences in their research.
Our lab has developed a number of immersive research experiences for the public, and we present these at local events in the Austin Area. We are actively involved in developing K-12 curriculum based off of our research.
We regular mentor high school students and undergraduate students in field and lab-based research projects. Students interested in working with us should contact Dr. Kemp about joining the lab! It is never too early, or too late! Starting summer 2021, Dr. Kemp will direct the Inclusive Student Training in Collections and field-based Topics (INSTINCT) REU, which provides biodiversity-driven research experiences to undergraduate students. More information soon!