The Foundry’s Tracy Mattox, who is a Principal Scientific Engineering Associate in our Inorganic Nanostructures facility, was recently named one of the Outstanding Mentors for 2019 and 2020 by Berkeley Lab’s Workforce, Development & Education office.
“I started mentoring with WD&E,” she says, “because I love sharing my excitement for science.” Mattox’s interns commend her skills as a leader. There are many times, they note, that Mattox went out her way to make herself available to them and help them feel comfortable at the Foundry. While many of them started the internship without a foundation in chemistry, Mattox encouraged their interest in the subject. She provided them additional articles that taught them the fundamentals and helped them understand the larger context of their research project. One of her interns writes that she, “always made sure that I was comfortable doing any experiment in the lab on my own.”
Read the full award announcement here.