Alex is a PhD Candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department and supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She has been committed to providing tools for the personal and professional development of early career scientists throughout her academic path. Alex was the lead organizer for a science careers symposium in the spring of 2016, SEARCH, and initiated an REU boot camp effort to familiarize biology undergraduates with basic computing skills useful for scientific research. She is the co-chair of the Early Career Scientist Steering Committee at the Genetics Society of America (GSA). Alex has received awards for her service to KU, including the Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Service and the 2017 Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Woman Mentoring Women Award from the Emily Taylor Center.