Mentoring: Hands-on research experiences are critical times for developing skills and interest in research. I have mentored 17 students, some of which remained in the lab for several years, completing senior theses and filling leadership roles. These students have been part of a greater lab effort to provide research experiences to as many people as possible. One undergraduate student successfully applied for a small research grant to complete her capstone project on seed predation through the year and presented her research at a local conference.
Teaching: As a teacher I focus on student engagement and ownership in lessons and activities. Effective learning can also only happen when students feel safe and welcome to express themselves. I have taught in a variety of settings from introductory biology labs to leading a research group on a plant functional traits course and giving guest lectures for introductory biology courses.
Outreach: Scientists are more likely to be believed and trusted if they act as people who live in the same world as everybody. Doing this effectively means having a clear message, being able to tell a story, and understanding what people care about. I have developed these skills at workshops and conferences and practice these skills at outreach events. A few examples of communication training and experiences that I have include:
-COMPASS workshop (UW-Madison, 2017)
-ComSciCon (Northwestern University, 2017)
-Engage Workshop (University of Washington, 2018)
-Darwin Day (UW-Madison, 2015-2019)
-Science Day (UW-Madison, 2015-2019)