Entering Research is a set of theoretically-grounded, evidence-based, and culturally-responsive research mentee curricula that is designed to complement and support students participating in independent research experiences. As a part of my broader impact goals with an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, I implemented a two-semester seminar-style course using this curriculum for STEM undergraduates at the University of Arizona, which is offered through the Teaching Teams program and UA's College of Science.
I have also written many active learning materials for the updated version of this curriculum: Entering Research, 2nd Edition (contract signed with Macmillan Publishers; Editors: Janet Branchaw, Amanda Butz and Amber Smith).
Additionally, I have received my training to be a "Master Consultant" for the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), as to provide consultation to individuals and instutitions that are developing their own research mentee training and implementation plan of the Entering Research curriculum.
SCI 397B (Fall): Students meet weekly, sharing their research experiences and learning about the roles, responsibilities and relationships that make for a successful research experience. Throughout the semester, students gained the skills to draft a small research proposal and presented it to the class.
SCI 397C (Spring): In this second course in the series, students focus on science communication, research ethics, science's role in society and research presentations. Students write a mini grant proposal for the final and present it to the class.
I encourage people with a strong interest in learner-centered and experiential-based teaching strategies to contact me. Entering Research is a great way for graduate students to get additional teaching experience beyond what a TA position often offers: think less grading and lecturing and more discussion-leading and mentoring. Let me know if you would like to join our team!
I was a content advisor for Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms, K-12 STEM instructional resources by PBS/NASA. These educational resources are distributed free via PBS LearningMedia, public media's platform for instructional content, which reaches 1.9 million educators and over 65% of the public schools in the United States.
I believe talking to the public and getting them excited about science, research, NASA, life as a scientist, the planets, etc. is extremely important for fostering a scientifically-literate community and because the taxpayers' support is integral to pushing the boundaries of science, research, technology, and exploration. As such I have participated in a variety of activities to engage with the public, including: