Meet IOS: Ashley Le-Pham

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What is your position at NSF?

At NSF, I am a science Assistant in the division of IOS.

How did you hear about NSF?

I first heard about NSF through my involvement in undergraduate research. I was an undergraduate researcher for four years and NSF funded my mentor’s research. Additionally, that same mentor was a rotating program director and I had visited him at the NSF office in 2016.

What is your STEM background in?

At California State University, Fullerton I got my Bachelor’s  degree in Biochemistry. I was an undergraduate researcher with a small background in atmospheric chemistry and then mostly plant biochemistry. While I was an undergraduate, I presented at both regional and nationally-acclaimed conferences and meetings.

Do you have any hobbies that you do in your free time?

My hobbies are far and wide. I’m interested in volunteering, hiking, exploring the city, walking through gardens and forests, and cooking with friends. One of my biggest hobbies is playing the piano but, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to do that because my piano is back home in CA. I’m excited to live in a city where art is important, so I will be frequenting the music and art scene. I will eventually get a paddleboard so that I can be on the river more frequently!

What is something that you would like people to know about you?

I’m really passionate about sustainability and how our society, as a whole, can move toward living more sustainably. I’m also incredibly interested in bridging the gap between the scientific and medical community to the general population.