Within my research I strive to engage a diverse community of students in independent research projects. Thus far, I have mentored six undergraduate and four high school students through various UW- and NSF-sponsored programs, including Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS), the Summer Science Institute (SSI), and NSF REU. URS and SSI are both research programs that promote the inclusion of a diverse community of underrepresented groups in science. URS is for first- and second-year UW undergraduate students, and SSI is a college preparation program for high school students. As a research mentor, I have taught my students various field and laboratory skills, as well as concepts in both basic biology and the experimental process. Equally importantly, I have provided them with firsthand experience in an active research lab, with motivation to consider science as a career path. My students have given oral and poster presentations of their research at UW-Madison’s Undergraduate Symposium and the SSI Final Symposium.
“Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.” — Sandra Day O’Connor