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Evelyn Valdez-Ward


Evelyn (she/ella) is a fourth year, formerly undocumented, PhD candidate and Ford fellow studying the effects of drought on plants and soil microbes. As a Research + Practice Collaboratory Fellow, her final dissertation chapter aims to study marginalized scientists and their use of science communication for advocacy and social justice. She was named one of 2020's Grist 50 Fixers, a list of emerging leaders across the U.S. who are working on solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. She has published articles in Science and Scientific American, was an invited speaker at the 2018 March for Science rally, named a 2018 UCS Science Defender, voted best of Story Collider 2018 in LA, awarded UCI's Dynamic Womxn's Award for Outstanding Social Justice Activist and the Svetlana Bershadsky Graduate Community Award for her advocacy for undocumented scientists.


A headshot of Evelyn Valdez-Ward wearing a blue blouse.

University of California, Irvine

Fellowship Sponsor: American Geophysical Union

Fellowship Host: The San Luis Obispo Tribune