Career Connections

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Sunset Zoo's virtual Career Connections program aims to connect high school students with research and practicing scientists to explore science-related careers.  This virtual program lasts 45-60 minutes and features one scientist as they share their professional story and answer questions from students.  Each session features a different scientist, and students must register for each session they wish to attend.  These programs are FREE for high school students.

Currently scheduled sessions are listed below.  Check back frequently for new sessions or sign up to receive email notifications when new sessions are posted.  To register for scheduled sessions, click here.

December 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. CST
Featured Scientist: Sarah Lamm
Watch Recording Here

Sarah Lamm is a master student in geology at Kansas State University and originally from Colby, Kansas. She was a team member on Curiosity Rover for three years and worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory for three summers. Her current research is creating a Raman calibration for chlorite minerals. Her research will have applications for future Mars Rovers. Lamm graduated from Kansas State University in 2018 with degrees in chemistry, geology, and geography. Lamm was selected as a 2019 Mars Generation 24 Under 24 Leader in STEAM & Space.

December 16, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. CST
Featured Scientist: Taylor Simonson
Watch Recording Here

Taylor Simonson is a 4th year graduate student at Kansas State University in the Psychological Sciences department. Her focus within the Psychology department is in the Cognitive Psychology area, with an interest in topics like attention, memory, and comprehension. Taylor recently completed her master’s degree, which focused on how an individual’s personal experiences and knowledge influence what they look at and remember in short movie clips. She is now on the path to get a PhD with a similar focus with the goal of moving towards the educational applications and plan to graduate in the Summer of 2022. After graduating, Taylor plans to go on to teach at the college level while mentoring students in research and career development. 

When she is not working on her research, she spends time with her two rambunctious cats (Neva and Nova) and her husband. Typically, she enjoys exploring the tourist-type attractions in Kansas, since she is originally from Ohio, but COVID-19 has put a damper on that for now. Instead, she spends time doing lots of yoga (with help from her cats) and improving her cooking skills.