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Chuck and Cathy Williamson

Science Communication Fellowship

The Williamson Fellowship is aimed at increasing geoscience communications and encouraging diversity in the geosciences. The Williamson Fellows will develop relationships with 7-12 public school programs, engage youth in geoscience, increase public science literacy, and provide opportunities for U of U geoscience students to gain outreach and science communication experience. 

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Meet Emily and Sandra!

2023-2024 Williamson fellows

Emily Cunningham


Emily Cunningham is a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geology and Geophysics working with Dr. Sarah Lambart. Emily’s research is focused on studying mantle sourced lavas with the goal of expanding our knowledge of the upper mantle’s composition. Emily earned her bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2018, and then her master’s degree from the University of Missouri in 2020. Since the beginning of her academic career, Emily has been passionate about teaching and outreach, taking any opportunity to connect with people interested in learning more about the geosciences. She enjoys spending her free time with her partner and their pets, as well as reading, skiing, and climbing. Emily is grateful for the amazing outreach opportunities provided by the Williamson Fellowship, and excited to share her knowledge with the next generation of scientists while learning from them as well.

Emily Cunningham

Sandra Rameriez


Sandy is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the Department of Geology and Geophysics working with Dr. Peter Lippert. Her graduate studies focus on low-cost alternative methodology development for air quality monitoring and assessment in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and her hometown, Mexico City. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Earth Science from UNAM in 2019 and 2022, respectively. After obtaining her bachelor’s, she worked at the UNAM Science Museum, where she started her outreach career. She enjoyed working with kids and found a way to connect with people through science communication. Sandy enjoys swimming, hiking, and watching good sci-fi movies in her free time. From the Williamson Fellowship, Sandy expects to gain and practice outreach skills that would help her in all aspects of her career. She is enthusiastic about promoting her research in a fun and exciting way.

Sandy Ramirez

2021-2022 Activities And Lesson Plans

2020-2021 Virtual Activities And Lesson Plans

Last Updated: 10/31/23