Apart from my daily work, I enjoy various volunteering and extracurricular activities as they help me feel alive and stay part of the community I am in.


I have been awarded the UW Alumni Association Graduate Student Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. Above is Keener Fry, executive director of Alumni Association, giving me a Lifetime Membership to UWAA at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center on campus in addition to a monetary reward. This award was based on service to the community and potential to contribute to the development of graduate education at UW.

Video 1: I am originally from Vietnam and this is a folktale that I was told from my childhood, which is a topic for a Toastmasters speech that I gave.

Video 2: This is my video submission for the Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (2017) program in Birmingham, AL in partnership with the US Department of Energy. It was filmed in the Snowy Range mountains west of Laramie, WY.

Toastmasters (2)
Gini (left) and Dana (right) presented me with the 2nd place trophy of Toastmasters Division Level International Speech Contest in Gillette, WY
Toastmasters Speech Evaluation Area Level Contest in Hillsdale, WY (From left to right: David, me, John, Rebecca, and Will)
Volunteering for the 42nd Los Alamos Triathlon, Los Alamos, NM
Susan Mavrich (right) handing me the 1st Place Award for Laramie Morning Toastmasters Speech Competition, Laramie, WY
Kansas Park Clean Up
Kansas Earth Day Park Clean Up, Lawrence, KS
Future City Competition
Future City Competition, Lawrence, KS