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Laurie Chong

Laurie Chong

Fremont, CA

I am an oceanographer and environmental scientist. Since finishing my PhD in 2013, I have been teaching Oceanography to college students aboard a sailing yacht in South East Asia. However, moving forward I'm looking to use my science background and the skills I've acquired to create solutions that can improve and sustain our...




I envision myself working at the intersection of science and management. I would like to work for a non-profit or a government agency that enables me to use my science background to create a tangible benefit for society.
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Marine Science Instructor

I was the instructor for the Oceanography course (GE level, accredited through the State College of Florida) aboard the 112ft sailing yacht Argo. The course covered the basics of biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanography as well as marine management and policy. Special emphasis was given to relate the subject matter to the locales we visited.

Additionally, I performed tasks as a deckhand, assisting with sailing the vessel around the South Pacific and Indian Oceans and retrofitting the vessel in a shipyard in Bangkok.


University of Southern California

PhD Graduate Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant

I worked on several projects while at USC, primarily in the realm of sedimentary biogeochemistry. My dissertation focused on the early diagenesis of Carbon, Nitrogen and Silica from marine sediments in the North Eastern Subtropical Pacific and in the Western Tropical Atlantic. My two main research projects involved studying the process of biological nitrate transport in the California Borderland and Mexican Margin, and studying the impact of the Amazon River on the Ocean.

My teaching duties involved directing multiple sections of 20-25 student labs associated with geology or oceanography courses.

In addition to my research and teaching duties, I founded the USC Young Researchers Program to enable high school students from inner-city Los Angeles to get first-hand experience doing research under the mentorship of a graduate student. I also was the chairperson of the organization committee for the 2011 Southern California Geobiology Symposium.

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Staff Research Associate

As the lab technician and manager I oversaw ordering and general maintenance for the lab and also was in charge of sample processing for ultrafiltered sea water samples, and also of analyzing samples for total organic carbon and total nitrogen on a Shimadzu TOC analyzer.

I also participated in two research cruises for my lab to collect samples.


Sally Ride Science

Graphic Designer

At Sally Ride Science, I supported the efforts of the primary graphic designer at the company, and also created print materials that were to be a part of the company's science education program package.

I also participated in a few 'Sally Ride Science Festivals' which are meant to foster middle school girls' interests in science.

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Student Manager/Team Lead

As the Team Lead for the Images Team, I directed student projects and reported to the program directors regarding my team's progress. As the Student Manager, I led meetings between all the team leads and Program Directors and served as the student representative of the program in meetings and interactions with NASA officials.


University of California, San Diego

B.S., Chemistry/Biochemistry

University of Southern California

Ph.D., Geological Sciences

University of Southern California

PhD, Geological Science

University of California, San Diego

BS, Biochemistry/Chemistry