Tess was born and raised in Hanford, Ca. She completed her BSc in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in 2017 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After graduation, she moved back to the Central Valley to pursue a graduate degree in Chemistry at California State University, Fresno. She is currently working as a writing consultant, Introductory General Chemistry Lab Instructor, and Chemistry Education Researcher.

Due to Tess' unique background as a woman of color in the sciences, she has partnered with countless outreach organizations to promote diversity in STEM. She has partnered with the non-profit Expanding Your Horizons that encourages young girls to pursue careers and mentors in STEM; the non-profit Latino Youth Leadership Academy that introduces POC to
 careers in STEM; CalTEACH a University of California initiative aimed to train and recruit highly qualified high school STEM teachers to underserved schools; the non-profit Education and Leadership Foundation where she taught an intensive on medical sciences to over 200 minority high school students; and Project SEED an educational outreach initiative by the USDA and ACS that immerses economically disadvantaged high school students in hands-on research in the fields of chemistry and engineering.

Along with her outreach, Tess is active in her research focusing on the experiences of underrepresented females in chemistry, understanding undeserved minority populations needs in undergraduate chemistry courses, and how Fresno State can better support them.


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