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Carmen-Jeanette Stepek

Teaching Assistant & STEM Education Advocate

Education & Career Goals

This upcoming fall I will be transferring to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona to complete my Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics. Soon I will begin the application process for graduate school. My goal is to complete a M.D./Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences or medical physics. Then I will either attend a Medical Physics Residency program or continue clinical research of cancer treatments.  When I learned about proton beam therapy, I decided to pursue medical physics, however, recent discoveries in immunotherapy provide "safer" options for patients; which has become a major interest of mine. In addition to research, I want to evoke enthusiasm in STEM among young girls and underrepresented minorities.    

Work and Volunteer History

Oct 2016Present

Teaching Assistant

Sonoma State University w/ Carl Wes Farriss

Astronomy 100

Attend exam dates to help professor procter exam

Watch for cheating and plagairism

Grade papers and other assignments

Jan 2013Present

STEM Student Volunteer

Society of Physics Students at Sonoma State University

Promoting STEM subjects at grade schools in Sonoma County

Help with Night of Code & Family Math Night at La Tercera Elementary School

Assist professors with physics demonstrations for grade school students

Scoring math assessments for Sonoma County schools

August 2016Oct 2016

Doggy Daycare Attendant

Almost Home Doggy Daycare

Watch over Small, Medium, and Large dog enclosures

Harness all dogs with correct size harness or safe-play collar

Make sure all dogs are calm and comfortable with each other 

Fill water bowls and lunch-time feedings

Clean-up, laundry duties, and maintenance of enclosures

Memorize individual collars, leashes, and pet owners/families

Opening & Closing Duties (depending on shift)/ Prep dogs for overnight stays

Scheduling Boarding dates and grooming

Sep 2015Present

Student Assistant

Sonoma State University w/ Dr. Scott Severson | 707-664-2376

Set up Equipment (computers, telescopes, snack table, etc)

Assist Public Viewing Nights and Astronomy Labs 

Answer Questions from the Public and SSU Students

Participate in Astronomical Research 

Maintenance of Equipment & Clean-Up

May 2016Present

Research Assistant

Physics & Astronomy Department at Sonoma State 

Management and organization of laboratory and equipment

Create experiments and prototypes to test

Assist Dr. Qualls in building prototypes

Research and read about collecting water from air and " the water problem"

Jan 2016Present


STAR Kids Productions

Organize information and paperwork from auditions, financial matters, and more

Record auditions and practices/Burn recorded plays and material for musicals onto CDs and DVDs

Participate in readings, improv, and games

Jan 2016May 2016

Teaching Assistant

Sonoma State University w/ Dr. So-Young Han | 707-664-3242

Assist in conducting lower-division laboratory course

Answer student questions

Provide aid and guidance to students in use of lab equipment

Editing and improving written material and apparatus used in labs

Creating posts for Dr .Han's sustainability blog

Sep 2013Nov 2013

Naturalist Leader and Teacher

Sonoma State University's Naturalist Program at the Fairfield

6 weeks of Naturalist training on Sonoma Mountain

Leading day-long hikes with students grades 3rd-5th

Teaching students about the environment at the Preserve 

Teaching nature and hiking safety

August 2013Dec 2013

Teaching Assistant

Sonoma State University w/ Dr. Najm-Briscoe

Psychology 250

Attend every class to take attendance, record participation, receive assignments, etc.

Grade papers and other assignments

Answer student's questions via Email

Keep records of grades and participation

Grade midterms and final exams 

Sep 2011Jun 2012


Park Avenue Methodist Church

Teach reading and grammar skills to 5th grade students

Come up with entertaining and educational activities 

Homework help

Track students' attendance and progress

Dec 2010April 2012

Adoption Support

Animal Humane Society

Knowledge of dogs, the adoption process, and facilitate adoption 

Take out dogs for exercise/play time

Clean up cages and play yard

Make sure dogs are fed and have water

May 2009May 2011

Personal Assistant 

Joe Selvaggio for Microgrants

Organization of office

Writing checks, emails, and letters

Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, and other computer software

Mailing letters and packages

Keep up with checks and recipient records

Researching addresses, phone numbers, and recipient history


Fall 20172018

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Jan 2013Present

Sonoma State University

Treasurer of Math Club

Pre-Health Professions Club

Society of Physics Students

Black Student Union

Sep 2012Dec 2012

University of Minnesota Twin Cities