Jason pursues academic leadership and service to positively impact science and education beyond his own field of research.
Jason served as Vice President of Student Advocacy, and then President of the Rice University Graduate Student Association. As President, Jason championed critical causes for international, undocumented, and first-generation students. He established the first ever Texas Graduate Coalition between Rice University and student leadership at five Texas universities to advocate for international students to federal legislators. Jason also established the Graduate Wellbeing Peers program, which continues to grow and support mental health and wellbeing for graduate students today. For his advocacy and service, Jason was awarded the Robert Lowry Patten Award by Rice University.
As a postdoctoral scholar, Jason served as the Symposium Chair for the Stanford University Postdoctoral Association. He organized the annual Stanford Postdoc Symposium, spearheading new sessions on project management, mental health, and building a professional brand.
Jason has also served as the President of the Society For Biomaterials National Student Chapter. In his role as President, Jason created student- and trainee-oriented workshops on scientific communication, leadership, and mental health in science. Jason now serves as Chair of the Society For Biomaterials Young Scientist Group, with a goal of improving K-12 outreach for biomaterials scientists.