Giving a public talk in my hometown.
Giving a presentation for my hometown at the Verona Area Community Theater.

Research Mentee Curricula

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.

Entering Research at the University of Arizona

Course Information

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.

For UA Grad Students/Postdocs/Faculty Interested in Teaching a Section of Entering Research

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!

Guest Lectures

  • Astronomy 104: Our Exploration of the Solar System (undergraduate general education course), UW-Madison (Fall 2010)
  • Geology 460:224: Geology of Moons and Planets (undergraduate non-majors survey course), Rutgers University, Spring 2018
  • Astronomy 340: Planetary Astrophysics (undergraduate astrophysics majors course), UW-Madison (Fall 2011 and Fall 2017)
  • PTYS 554: Evolution of Planetary Surfaces (graduate level course), University of Arizona (Fall 2015)
  • Mentorship

  • Research advisor for senior honors thesis of undergraduate astronomy major Claire Cook, University of Arizona (2017-present)
  • Peer Mentor Tutor for Wisconsin’s Physics Learning Center (PLC), an on-campus learning community designed to help students in underrepresented backgrounds succeed in introductory physics courses
  • Mentored an 8th grade student through the EAGLE Middle School Science Mentor Program, Fitchburg, WI (Spring 2011)
  • Peer mentoring of other undergraduate students in the younger classes of fellows for the NSF-funded Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (URM) Program, UW-Madison (2008-2011)
  • K-12 Curriculum

    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:

  • The Wisconsin Science Festival
  • Summer Science Saturday at LPL
  • Deep Astronomy Live Webcast
  • Tucson Festival of Books
  • The Art of Planetary Science
  • Space Drafts Public Talk Series at Borderlands Brewery
  • Astronomy Ambassador's Program for the American Astronomical Society
  • Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo
  • Universe in the Park program for the Wisconsin State Park system
  • UW's Wonders of Physics program, SETIcon
  • local K-12 science fair judging
  • presentations to hundreds of school children, engaging them in the scientific method using NASA spacecraft images and emphasizing the importance of diverse skillsets and backgrounds for the future exploration of space