I am committed to training the next generation of scientists and citizens to think critically and effectively towards improving our community and society as a whole.  I aim to create a space in which students can practice using knowledge to discover new avenues of study, explore research interests, and broadly contextualize their experience.

It is of utmost importance to effectively teach undergraduates how to think critically as well as engage productively in science.  My approach is to reinforce rewarding experiences, by providing both guidance as well as room for independence.  I aim to treat students with respect and facilitate understanding through communication, and provide guidance in perceiving failure as a challenge which fosters learning and growth.

Check out a recent paper and blog published with amazing colleagues on mentoring:   Paper in the Academic Practice section of Ecology and Evolution   and Blog post in Small Pond Science

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Undergraduate field experience

I currently serve as a PROGRESS Mentor for two amazing women interested in pursuing STEM fields, including the talented, Heraa Hashmi. Although the program began for young women interested in the geosciences, more and more biology and medically focused students have enrolled.

I have served as a panelist for an alternative careers in academia discussion in a graduate student seminar focused on pedagogy offered in the departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Geography, and Environmental Studies at CU Boulder.

I have had the great pleasure to mentor two Honor’s thesis students, several students performing undergraduate research projects, a high school student science fair project, and be an encouraging judge at several state-wide junior and high school science fairs for several years. The majority of students I have mentored have been women or underserved groups in STEM.