Evelyn Valdez-Ward

Evelyn Valdez-Ward


Evelyn (she/ella) is a fifth year, formerly undocumented, PhD candidate and Ford fellow studying the effects of drought on plants and soil microbes. Her final dissertation chapters aim to study marginalized scientists and their use of science communication for advocacy and social justice through her co-founded workshop ReclaimingSTEM. ReclaimingSTEM is the first science communication and policy workshop specifically targeting marginalized scientists.

She was named one of 2020's Grist 50 Fixers, a list of emerging leaders across the U.S. who are working on solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. Additionally, she was recently awarded the student-nominated Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion award for her teaching efforts at Santa Ana College. She has published articles in Science and Scientific American, was an invited speaker at the 2018 March for Science rally, named a 2018 UCS Science Defender, voted best of Story Collider 2018 in LA, awarded UCI's Dynamic Womxn's Award for Outstanding Social Justice Activist and the Svetlana Bershadsky Graduate Community Award for her advocacy for undocumented scientists. This summer, she will be a AAAS Mass Media Fellow covering climate change stories at the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

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University of California Irvine, Ph.D
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Ph.D Candidate
University of California Irvine
Conservation Science & Biology
Environmental Justice

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