Educational Outreach

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