About Us

The dual goal of GenerationSci is to excite community college undergraduates about STEM research and train Stanford graduate students and postdocs to effectively communicate their work to a non-expert audience. To bridge the communication gap between scientists and the greater community, we hold an annual daylong event in which Stanford graduate students/postdocs share their educational journeys and current research interests in talks and poster presentations with community college students. GenerationSci is made possible through the collaborative efforts of established graduate student led science communication groups (The Dish on Science, Science Teaching Through Art, and NeuWrite West) and the Stanford Hume Center for Writing and Speaking .

GenerationSci is committed to advancing diversity in graduate education and we are supported by Stanford Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds (DIF).

Current Leadership Team

Julia Zofia Adamska

1st Year PhD Student, Immunology, Stanford


Julia began her undergraduate education at Santa Rosa Junior College and transferred to University of California, Berkeley to complete her bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. She did undergraduate research in tumor blood vessel biology with Dr. Nancy Boudreau at University of California, San Francisco. In the gap years before graduate school, Julia worked on characterizing patient immune receptor repertoires with Dr. William Robinson at Stanford. Julia joined the GenerationSci team in 2018.

Abigail Nora Birnbaum

2nd Year PhD Student, Earth System Science, Stanford


Abby is a second year PhD student in the Earth System Science Department, pursuing research in freshwater systems modeling. As an undergraduate in Civil Engineering at Cornell University, she served as a peer advisor, teaching assistant, and math workshop facilitator, which inspired passions for teaching and making STEM accessible for all audiences. A lifelong artist, she joined Science Teaching Through Art (STAR) her first year at Stanford to help develop programming that combines her interests in art and science communication and education. Abby has been involved in GenerationSci by volunteering with STAR for the past two years.

Gavin McNicol

Postdoc, Earth System Science, Stanford


Gavin studied Environmental Science at the University of Stirling in Scotland, spending his junior year as an exchange student at the University of California at Berkeley. He later returned to Berkeley to obtain a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management and studied greenhouse gas emissions from wetland ecosystems. In his postdoctoral work at Stanford Earth department, Gavin works with Prof. Robert Jackson and continues to study greenhouse gas cycling in the Earth system, with a focus on using artificial intelligence to predict methane emissions from wetlands globally. Gavin got started at GenerationSci by presenting at the 2019 conference.

Sarah Elizabeth Noll

4th Year PhD Student, Chemistry, Stanford

Coming soon!

Sam Nicole Piekos

4th Year PhD Student, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine, Stanford


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Founders and Past Leadership Team

Susanna Elizabeth Brantley


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Olivia Hendricks


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Sammy Katta

PhD 2019, Neurosciences, Stanford


Sammy finished her PhD in neuroscience in 2019 and is pursuing a career in science policy. As the former president of NeuWrite West, she was inspired to create a public science conference by Harvard’s DayCon event, but found more purpose in focusing on a community college audience.

Leslie Jaramillo Koyama

6th Year PhD Student, Developmental Biology, Stanford


Leslie is a former member of Science Teaching through Art (STAR). Leslie is passionate about creating opportunities to connect scientists and the general public. During her time at STAR, Leslie was inspired to create a conference that could leverage the skills of STAR and other student outreach groups on campus. Her goal was to create an event that would not only allow scientists to become trained in multiple modes of scientific communication (visual, written, and oral) but also allow students to engage with scientists in a variety of ways (oral presentation, poster, and one-on-one conversation).

Xingyi Shi

3rd Year PhD Student, Chemical Engineering, Stanford


Xingyi studies the dynamical behavior of thin liquid films in the presence of surfactants and evaporative solvents by deriving and solving the governing equations. She is passionate about designing and coordinating outreach events. She joined the Generation Sci team while she was a co-director of STAR (Science Teaching through Art).