Awards & Achievements

Academics

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - National Science Foundation (DGE-133486; 2017-2022)

  • Theta Tau Foundation All-Academic Team Award - Theta Tau Nationals - Reno, NV (2017)

Activism

  • Las Vegas Young Community Hero Award - KTNV-ABC Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV (2010)

Brotherhood & Collegiality

  • Brother of the Semester - Theta Tau, Rho Delta Chapter - Reno, NV (2016)

  • Brotherhood Award - Alpha Epsilon Pi, Upsilon Nu Chapter - Reno, NV (2013)

Community Service

  • Recognition for Service Through Technology in Light of COVID-19 - Lafayette Breakfast Optimist Club - Lafayette, IN (2020)

  • Continuing Service Award - Lafayette Breakfast Optimist Club - Lafayette, IN (2018)

  • The Albert Hentry Senior Public Service Award - University of Nevada, Reno - Reno, NV (2017)

      • Significant Achievement: 1400 hours of community service in six years

  • Volunteer of the Year Award - FIRST Tech Challenge Western United States Regional - CalFIRST - Oakland, CA (2015, 2016)

  • Silver Paw Student Engagement Award - Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Reno - Reno, NV (2014, 2015)

  • Outstanding Technology Volunteer - Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows - Reno, NV (2012)

Education & Degrees

Graduate:

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Engineering Education - Purdue University (Expected May 2022) - Ph.D. Advisor: Dr. Allison Godwin

  • Master's of Science (non-thesis), Aerospace Engineering - Purdue University (Expected May 2021) - M.S. Advisor: Dr. Michael Sangid

    • Major Focus: Structures & Materials

    • Minor Focus: Aerospace Engineering Education

Undergraduate:

  • Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering - University of Nevada, Reno (2011) - Research Advisor: Dr. Adam Kirn

    • Minor in Mathematics

  • Bachelors of Science, Secondary Education in Mathematics - University of Nevada, Reno (2011)

Engineering

  • 3rd Place Drafting - State of Nevada SkillsUSA - Las Vegas, NV (2011)

Honorary Membership

  • Honorary Membership - Society of Women Engineers Sierra Nevada Section - Reno, NV (2017)

Leadership

  • Club President of the Year Runner-Up - Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Reno - Reno, NV (2015)

Mentoring

  • Outstanding Young Adult Mentor - Northern Nevada FIRST - Reno, NV (2012)

Philanthropy

  • Philanthropic Excellence Award - Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Upsilon Nu Chapter - Reno, NV (2013)

Research & Publications

  • Major, J. C., Scheidt, M., Godwin, A., Berger, E., Chen, J. (2020). Effects of test anxiety on engineering students' STEM success. 2020 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Meeting.

    • Awarded 2020 "Best Diversity Paper" by the American Society for Engineering Education: Educational Research and Methods Division.