Employee spotlight: Roxanne Zellin

Feb. 12, 2013 1:35 p.m.
Roxanne Zellin

Roxanne Zellin

Photo by Denise Applewhite

Name: Roxanne Zellin

Position: Education outreach director for the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), primarily for Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE), a federally funded center based at PRISM in coordination with five partner universities. Coordinating and implementing educational outreach activities, including the MIRTHE academy for graduate and undergraduate students, summer research opportunities for undergraduates, research education for high school teachers, and K-12 programs such as the Science and Engineering Expo on campus for local middle students. Managing and organizing MIRTHE's annual weeklong summer workshop for its partner institutions. Attending and representing MIRTHE at national conferences to recruit students.  

Quote: "My favorite part of the job is working with these graduate students. They're some of the smartest young people. Also, when you have a high schooler or a young undergraduate who comes and does research for the first time, their eyes are opened, and it changes their whole perspective on where they want to go and what they want to do. It's just amazing. You can't help but become enthusiastic when seeing how thrilled they are."

Other interests: Baking, reading, travel and keeping up with pop culture.