On June 23, SULI intern Julie Bobyock was featured alongside other Dept. of Energy’s Office of Science (DOE SC) interns during a session of the DOE SC’s annual Summer Speaker Series. The online webinar series, hosted by a team of education specialists from several DOE Labs, is especially targeted at interns. Past and forthcoming sessions examine such far-reaching issues as ‘imposter syndrome’ and networking.
The June 23rd session provided a comprehensive overview of the DOE SC. Jan Tyler, Program Manager for pre-college programs for the Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists office, moderated the panel. Over 300 viewers from around the United States tuned in for the webinar. Tyler explained the many ways that the DOE supports basic research into energy solutions. She also gave a quick ‘tour’ of the 27 DOE user facilities from around the country. Tyler also introduced attendees to four interns from the other national labs, including, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Brookhaven National Laboratory.
One of the interns spotlighted was Julie Bobyock, a SULI intern, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Bobyock is a returning intern and an upcoming senior at the University of New Hampshire majoring in environmental science. She has been interning with the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) since January 2022. During her internship, Bobyock worked closely with Christina Procopiou, the communications manager of EESA. Under Procopiou’s watch, Bobyock has learned to draft science highlights, write feature stories, create videos, and edit social media copy. “Some examples of research areas that I have worked with are watershed conservation, how to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, and increasing heat waves,” Bobyock explained, “all concepts that are difficult yet essential for the public to understand as these topics become more pressing and start to affect communities all over the world.” In addition, she’s helped her team track the effectiveness of social media posts through digital analytics. Bobyock says, “My internship experience at Berkeley Lab has made it crystal clear that I want to pursue a career in science communication and has allowed me to build a portfolio of work that will help me move forward along this path.”
Interested in following the DOE SC Speaker Series? Watch the next sessions on July 14, 21, and 28 at 12pm CT/1pm ET. https://argonne.zoomgov.com/j/1611478025
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