Meeting organization

April 2016 – Organized and ran a satellite meeting on Bacterial Fungal Interactions at the European Fungal Genetics Conference in Paris, France. Co-organizers: Greg Bonito (MI State), Jessy Labbe (DOE-ORNL), Aurelie Deveau (INRA-Nancy, FR)

2015-2016 – Student representative on Mycological Society of America Program committee


August 2013 – August 2014 Duke Graduate and Professional Student Council General Assembly Representative for the University Program in Genetics & Genomics

March 2013 – Leader of NSF STEM graduate challenge collaborative team proposal involving mycology students from different universities titled,” Engaging graduate students in professional societies via technology & social media using a self-perpetuating travel-trade model: a case study”.

Mycological Society of America Student Section 

2016 Chair
2015 Vice Chair
2013-2014 Secretary 

I helped initiate the MSA Student Section together with other graduate students from various universities. During my service period student membership in the society increased by ~30%. In addition to fundraising efforts which raised ~3,000$, we organized and hosted several symposia, mixers, and professional development events at our annual meetings. To connect students to each other and to raise awareness of opportunities, we developed social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We welcome new students interested in getting involved and can be reached via email at